November 3, 2010
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Issue: IX-13November 3, 2010
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The Health Summit is an initiative of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin's (GOPIO) (, OPIO's Health Council.  Its goal is to improve the health of people of Indian origin by raising awareness of current and emerging health issues affecting them, and by promoting preventive practices and sharing information to better manage chronic diseases.  This year's summit will focus on Cardiovascular Health/Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes and Stress Management.  In addition to pharmaceutical or nutraceutical medication, the summit will also focus on lifestyle, diet and holistic health practices. 


 GOPIO Health Council of together with GOPIO chapters of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Upper New York and several partner organizations will host the global Indian Diaspora during the inaugural Annual Health Summit on November 12 -14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel LaGuardia, East Elmhurst, New York City.  GOPIO is a non-profit, non-partisan and secular community service global organization working for the well-being of people of Indian origin.  GOPIO was founded in New York in 1989 and has over 70 chapters worldwide.

Two major collaborating organizations for this first-of-a-kind event include American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI0 and Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians (CADI) Research Foundation.  Sponsors and Participating Organizations include Merck; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Arora Foundation; Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects; Indian Dental Association of North America- New Jersey; Hindu Vedic Mandir; Arya Samaj of Suburban NY; Sabinsa Corporation; Arya Samaj of Garden State - Om Temple; TravelSpan; Hindu Temple of Tristate; Diva America Incorporated, and local chapters of GOPIO, viz. GOPIO-CT, GOPIO-NY, GOPIO-LI, GOPIO-Upper NY, andGOPIO-Central Jersey.


Confirmed speakers and panelists include: Dr. Enas A. Enas: South Asian Heart Issues; Dr. Wahida Karmally: Nutrition; Dr. M. Anirudhan: Nutrition Research; Dr. Muhammad Majeed: Nutraceuticals; Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Martial Arts; Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda; Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda; Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes and Obesity; Dr. Steven Horowitz: Integrative Cardiology; Dr. Binoy K Singh: Cardiology; Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes; Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine; Dr. S. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health; Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health; Lea Kraemer: Yoga; and Surinda Oberai Cavanagh: Ayurveda.


ThSummit organization team has been meeting regularly since June and has put together an excellent program for the benefit of the larger Indian Diaspora community.


GOPIO Health Summit 2010 TeamPhoto above: GOPIO Health Summit Team- From L to R: Dr. B.L. Agarwal, Sat Sukhdeo, Paul Ahuja, Dr. Renu Agarwal, Dr. Gyan Aggarwal, Dr. Bhagwati Mistry, Bhupi Verma, Sangeeta Ahuja, Jaswant Mody, Sudha Parekh, Renny Pannikodu. Mamini Goel, Elena Pannikodu, Dr. Asha Samant, Meena Goel-De, Sheela Bajaj and Dr. Thomas Abraham (some members are missing in the photo) 


The three-day summit will kick-off with an opening reception, summit Inauguration, awards, dinner and music on Friday, November 12, 2010, from 7:00 - 10:30 PM.  On Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 9:00 - 5:00 PM, a panel of distinguished speakers and health practitioners will share their expertise on Disease Prevention & Health Management with focus on diabetes, cardiovascular health and stress management.  The day conference will include interactive sessions with audience participation with breaks for exercise and meditation. The target audience will comprise of people of Indian Origin (PIOs) from around the world with a majority from the Tri-State area who are committed to healthier living, and eager to learn more about the products and services offered by the diverse set of holistic healthcare providers.   The evening program on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM will include a talk on Oral Health, speaker recognitions, dinner and music. On Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 10:00 - 12 noon. a free event will be offered on children's health and wellness to celebrate the occasion of "India's Children's Day". Concurrently, there will be optional workshops on alternative health practices on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 9:00 - 12:00 Noon including a Group Healing session with Master Del Pe.


"Did you know that South Asian Indians face a higher risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases? ', asks Mrs. Sangeeta Ahuja, Chair of GOPIO Health Council. "TO DO NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION!" So come spend a weekend with the experts.  Relax, learn and participate', encourages Mrs. Ahuja.  The committee co-chairs of GOPIO Health Summit, namely Asha Samant and Dr. Vivian Rambihar add their warm invitation to attend, participate, and avail of this opportunity to raise awareness of the healthcare offerings, products and services.  "There is a tsunami of premature diabetes and heart disease washing over people of Indian origin globally, with severe personal and economic consequences.  Much of this is preventable with diet and lifestyle choices, and this Summit will bring together the community and experts to plan the strategies to take us to better health and a better future", said Dr. Rambihar.  


More details on the upcoming GOPIO Health Summit will be available at, or contact GOPIO Health Council Chair Sangeeta Ahuja at 203-329-9744, E-mail


Did you know that South Asian Indians face a higher risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases?






This Program will focus on the Health Issues affecting People of Indian Origin (PIO) such as Cardiovascular

Health/Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes and Stress Management. It will highlight ways to

identify the risk factors specific to South Asian Indians and ways to manage these diseases.


GOPIO  HEALTH  SUMMIT  2010 -  for details please visit


Crowne Plaza New York, LaGuardia
104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369 Tel: 718-457-6300

Click here for Hotel Information and Directions

Thanks to our sponsors we are offering Saturday's 9-5 "Event 2" FREE to full time students (first 25 who register).

To register please Contact Mr. Gyan Aggarwal or Mrs. Sheela Bajaj

For info Regarding the summit visit


For registration contact: Gyan Aggarwal: 203-273-9959,






7.00-10.30 PM       Summit Inauguration, Awards, Dinner & Music

                             Speaker - Dr. Binoy K. Singh, MD - Cardiologist



Includes  Lunch  and  Refreshments

8:00-9:00 AM


9:00-9:30 AM

Opening Session

9:30-10:15 AM

Heart Health (Dr. Enas A. Enas)

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30-11:15 AM

Holistic Medicine & Ayurveda(Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Dr. Aparna Bapat, Dr. Pratibha Shah)

11:15-12:00 PM

Energy Medicine (Master Del PeInteractive Session with Audience Participation

12:00-1:15 PM

Lunch  -   Visit Exibits/Vendors

1:15-2:15 PM

Nutrition and Nutraceutical Supplements
(Dr. Wahida Karmally, Muhammed Majeed, Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan)

2:15-3:00 PM

Integrative Cardiology (Dr. Steven Horowitz)

3:00-3:15 PM


3:15-4.15 PM

Obesity & Diabetes (Dr. Alex Zachariah, Dr. Sridhar Nambi)

4:15-5:15 PM


SUNDAY, November 14, 2010

10:00-12:00 Noon

Children's Health - Diabetes/Obesity/Eating Smart/Healthy Lifestyle/Oral
Health: This program is offered
FREE on the occasion of "Children's Day"



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Gopio Health

Crowne Plaza - New York, Laguardia
104-04 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369, Tel: 718-457-6300

Did you know that South Asian Indians face a higher risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases?

Come spend a weekend with the experts

This Summit will focus on the Health Issues affecting People of Indian Origin (PIO) such as Cardiovascular Health/Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes and Stress Management. It will highlight ways to identify the risk factors specific to PIOs and ways to manage these diseases.

Speakers And Panelists

Dr. Enas A. Enas: South Asian Heart Issues
Dr. Wahida Karmally: Nutrition
Dr. M. Anirudhan: Nutrition Research
Dr. Muhammad Majeed: Nutraceuticals
Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Martial Arts
Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda
Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda
Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes/Obesity

Dr. Steven Horowitz: Integrative Cardiology
Dr. Binoy K. Singh Cariology

Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes
Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine
Dr. S. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health
Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health
Lea Kraemer: Yoga
Surinda Oberai Cavanagh: Ayurveda

Program Highlights

Event 1

Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:00 - 10:30 PM
Summit Inauguration, Awards, Dinner & Music

Event 2

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Day Program: 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Disease Prevention & Health Management Sessions, Lunch, Refreshments

Event 3

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Evening Program: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Oral Health Talk, Speaker Recognitions, Dinner & Music

Free Event

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 10:00 - 12 Noon
Children's health and wellness-Offered free to all on the occasion of "Children's Day"

Special Event

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00 Noon
Group healing session with Master Del Pe


Any One Event $50

All Three Events $135

Special Event: $150

Visit, for registration and Program details

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Collaborating Organizations

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - AAPI

Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians (CADI) Research Foundation

Sponsors And Participating Organizations

Arora Foundation
Sabinsa Corporation

Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects
Indian Dental Association of North America- New Jersey
Hindu Vedic Mandir - Arya Samaj of Suburban NY

GOPIO-Central Jersey

Arya Samaj of Garden State-Om Temple
Hindu Temple of Tristate
Diva America Incorporated

For Information, Registration or Sponsorship Please Contact:

J. Nami Kaur: 914-476-2082,
Dr. Asha Samant: 973-979-6372,
Gyan Aggarwal: 203-273-9959,

Dr. Thomas Abraham: 203-329-8010,
Sangeeta Ahuja: 203-329-9744,




Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Enas A. Enas:

Dr. Enas is a pioneering researcher with a unique distinction of being the first physician not only to sound the alarm but also scientifically prove a 3 to 4-fold higher rate of heart disease in Asian Indians in the US. He has more than 60 scientific publications, in American, British, and Indian medical journals and has given more than 1000 lectures in India, US and Canada to cardiologists, physicians and the general public. His book, "How to Beat the Heart Disease Epidemic among South Asians ?A Prevention and Management Guide for Asian Indians and their Doctors" has clearly and succinctly elucidated the enigma of the excess burden of heart disease in young Indians around the globe and the proactive measures you must take to avoid falling a victim. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his pioneering research including one of America's Top Physicians (in 2003) and one of Top Cardiologists (in 2009) by the Consumer Research Council of America. 

Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Yoga/Healing/Martial Arts

Master Del Pe is a world-class expert in healing science and is considered internationally as a modern sage. He integrates the wisdom of the east with the practical knowledge of the west. His mission includes helping people live their greatest life and master life ahead of its time. Author of 5 best selling books, he is the Founder of MDP BElife and MDP Foundation and the architect of the BEinshape Program with 12 specializations including Diabetes, Heart Disease and HIV/AIDS.

Coping Is Not Enough - By Master Del Pe

Dr. Wahida Karmally:

Dr. Wahida Karmally is Director of Nutrition in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer in Dentistry at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Karmally earned her doctor of public health in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has been appointed to serve a 3 year term (2008-2010) as a director on the Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association. She is also a member of Asia Pacific Diabetes Action Council of the American Diabetes Association. She was a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for 11 years.

Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan: Nutrition Research

Dr. M. Anirudhan is a highly recognized food scientist and management expert.  His professional career spans from nuclear chemist, professor of chemistry, corporate director of Sandoz Nutrition and currently  the CEO and president of Essen Nutrition Corporation.He has been actively involved in the applied nutrition research over three decades. He headed the diabetic research group of featherweight division of Sandoz in the 1980's and then the obesity research project  developing  the optifast  program. Over the last decade Dr. Anirudhan has built Essen Nutrition as a major supplier of diet and sports nutrition products to supermarket and weight loss companies in USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Dr. Anirudhan is equally involved with the social issues of NRI community. He is the founder chairman of the federation of kerala associations in North America (FOKANA) and served three terms as its President. Also he is one of the founder directors of U.S - India Chamber of commerce - Midwest Inc. and served as director of Chicago Red cross society. He is an investor - director of NORKA-ROOTS, a Kerala government Corporation for the welfare of the non-resident  Keralites.


Dr. Muhammed Majeed: Nutraceuticals


Dr. Muhammed Majeed is the Founder of the Sami -Sabinsa group of companies, a research, manufacturing and marketing group, which pioneered the introduction of over fifty standardized botanical extracts of Indian origin to western markets for use in pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, food products, cosmetics and industrial applications. A native of Kerala who emigrated to the US in 1975, Dr. Majeed received a PhD degree in Industrial Pharmacy from St John's University NY, and headed research and development at pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Carter-Wallace before launching Sabinsa Corporation in 1988. Winning awards for research, developing export markets, and fostering scientific excellence; with seven international corporate offices, state of the art manufacturing and research facilities, and medicinal plant cultivation efforts worldwide, the group now has over 1000 employees. Recent personal recognitions for Dr. Majeed include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and Distinguished Alumni Award (Long Island University).

Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda

Pratibha Shah holds a Post Graduate degree in Ayurveda, the ancient holistic Indian system of Medicine. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 20 years and is an invited speaker at Ayurvedic Events. Presently, she is on the Board of several leading Ayurvedic organizations in the US and is working towards promotion, propagation as well as integration of Ayurveda with mainstream medicine, globally. With the aim of providing a wider platform for benefits from Ayurvedic principles of healing, she is currently pursuing Masters in Public Health, International Health, at Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda

Dr. Aparna Bapat is an Ayurvedic consultant, practicing and teaching Ayurveda in USA since last 12 years. She has successfully helped thousands of people using Ayurvedic wisdom of healing. Dr. Bapat is also an accomplished teacher and has been teaching Ayurveda in various Ayurveda and Medical colleges in the world. She has developed a product line 'Ayurspirit' to introduce authentic Ayurvedic herbal products. She is presently practicing in New York and Florida.

Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes/Obesity

Dr. Alex Zachariah received his Medical Oncology training as a Special Clinical Fellow of Eli Lilly in the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis from 1969 to 1972 and returned to establish the pioneering medical oncology work in North India from 1973 onwards. Dr. Alex received from President of India, Mr. R.Venkataraman, the B.C. Roy Research Award in 1989.

Currently, Prof. Emeritus Alex R Zachariah MD and Prof. Emeritus Prema Zachariah MD are Research Associates of PHIRE (Public Health Institute for Research in Excellence) of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois. Prior to that Dr. Alex was the Medical Director of Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville, Illinois. Formerly he was the Dean of Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India.

Dr. Steven Horowitz:Integrative Cardiology

Steven F. Horowitz M.D. is a graduate of New York Medical College and did his Medical Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He did his Cardiology Residency and Research Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He then returned to Beth Israel as Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Fellowship Program. Since 2002, Dr. Horowitz has served as Cardiology Chief at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, a major teaching affiliate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Horowitz's interests have focused on nuclear imaging, probability analysis and integrative cardiology for the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease. In 2007, Dr. Horowitz received the Planetree Life Time Achievement Award as a pioneer of patient-centered care and in 2009 opened the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital

Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes

Dr Sridhar Nambi graduated from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India. He is Co-Chair, Department of Endocrinology at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N J. Dr. Nambi specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and is also experienced in Adrenal Gland Diseases, Genetic testing, Cancer and Metabolic diseases. He has received several awards and honors and has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. He is a much sough after speaker who delivers talks on Diabetes related topics.

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD, practices and teaches holistic medicine and ayurveda, dividing her time between New York City and Calcutta based at The Dinacharya Institute. She is a licensed, board-certified physician, scientist and clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College. In addition to being trained in ayurveda by apprenticeship, called gurukala, she has degrees in pharmacology, neuroscience, international public health, medicine, nutrition and ayurveda from universities including Penn, Harvard, and Columbia. Her work has been featured in a documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, worldwide on The Discovery Channel since July 2003. She serves as Director of the Center of CAM at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York and as Director of Research for the hospital. Bhaswati teaches ayurveda at The Dinacharya Institute in New York and has almost 30 years' experience lecturing about ayurveda, CAM, health and medicine around the world.


Dr. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health

Dr. Shankar Iyer graduated with a Post Graduate Degree in Prosthodontics from University of Mumbai, India in 1989. He completed an Implant Fellowship in New York and Graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. He currently teaches at UMDNJ in the department of Prosthodontics to oversee "Implant Fellowship Programs". He is also on the faculty at NYU College of Dentistry. He spends most of his time conducting courses on Dental Implants and Oral Rehabilitation and has been teaching in Abu Dhabi, Iran, Russia, Malayisia, Korea and India. Dr. Iyer is the course director of the prestigious AAID Implant Maxicourse Asia where he routinely visits MADCH, New Delhi. In the U.S., besides maintaining a private practice, he teaches at UNLV, Las Vegas, UMDNJ, Loma Linda University, AGD - Toronto, and University of Oregon health Sciences. He was awarded fellowships in several professional organizations. Serving as the Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Clinical Implant Dentistry, Dr. Iyer introduced the first DVD journal ever to be published in Dentistry.

Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health 

Dr. Ranjita Misra is a well known health disparity researcher that combines clinical and non-clinical factors to investigate the prevalence of Diabetes and related complications in multi-ethnic populations. She is recognized for her investigations in epidemiological and intervention studies and for combining public health models of inquiry. She is the PI of the Diabetes among Indian Americans (DIA) study that investigated prevalence of diabetes and risk factors among the Indian Diaspora in rural Indians, urban Indians and Immigrant Indians in the US. She has also implemented several community and clinical based Diabetes and Nutrition Education Programs that are literacy and culturally appropriate. In recognition of her outstanding research, teaching and public service activities, she has received numerous awards.

Dr. Binoy K. Singh: Clinical Business Development 

Dr. Binoy Singh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and is currently serving as Director of Clinical Business Development for Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons. He is also "Cardiology Attending" with the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed my bachelor's degree in Bio-medical Engineering from Boston University Dr. Singh attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed his residency program at MCP Hahnemann University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA. He received his postgraduate training in Cardiology at Columbia University and is Board Certified in the areas of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology .

 Surinda Oberai Cavanagh: Ayurveda 

Surinda Oberai Cavanagh is renowned in New England for helping many reform their lives through her work at Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center as a Kripalu Certified Ayurvedic Consultant and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. She began her studies of Ayurveda at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where she studied with world-renowned Ayurvedic masters such as Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, and Dr. John Douillard. She went on to complete the Advanced Course for Practitioners in Faridabad, India at the Jiva Institute with Dr. Partap Chauhan.

Lea Kraemer: Yoga

Lea Kraemer, ERYT, IAYT, Founder and Director of PRANA MANDIR Yoga Studio has taught Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Healing and Meditation for almost two decades. She works privately and in area hospitals and with people who have chronic and life threatening illnesses.



GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.


GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.


GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website (

and get details of chapter initiation (visit Process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more.  For more information, contact:


GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: 818-708-3885, E-mail:

GOPIO President - Lord Daljit Rana, UK, Tel:  +44 28-9807-8787, Email:

GOPIO Executive Vice President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York City, Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail:


To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at or fill up the form and send it with a check to: GOPIO International, PO Box 560117, New York NY 11356, USA.



Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder President and Chairman Emeritus, GOPIO (Stamford, CT, USA)

Editors: Ashook Ramsaran, GOPIO Executive Vice President (New York, USA)

Webmasters: Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)

Contributors of this issue: Sangeeta Ahuja (GOPIO Intl, USA), Nami Kaur (GOPIO/NFIA, Yonkers, NY, USA)


GOPIO NEWS welcomes NRI/PIO related stories from all over the world. Be a volunteer correspondent or reporter. Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: