Salt consumption and its adverse effects on health have been a debated topic for quite some time now. #EkChammachKam is a campaign spearheaded by Dr Bhupendra Gandhi’s Amar Gandhi Foundation and supported by the Mumbai Kidney Foundation. Over 150 nephrologists in the city have raised a clarion call, “Ek chammach kam” (One spoon less), to highlight the high salt intake among the Indian population.
Not only Mumbai’s senior most nephrologists, but also some of the world’s leading doctors, have stepped forward to show solidarity towards #EkChammachKam.
Sharing his vision, Dr Bhupendra Gandhi said, “Chronic kidney disease is a silent killer’; it usually has no significant symptoms until it has reached later stages where a patient is not left with many choices of treatment.”
Senior nephrologist Dr Umesh Khanna added, “Women in particular love eating ‘spicy’ food, a craving that leads to excess salt consumption. They must observe and monitor the same, as well as ensure low salt consumption in their families. Spreading awareness about a regular check-up of kidney health for chronic kidney disease is a must.”
Speaking about Sri Sri joining the campaign, Dr Bhavesh Vora, a senior nephrologist said, “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was very excited to know about the Ek Chammach Kum campaign and readily agreed to take it to masses.”
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra also readily agreed to join the campaign via Facebook. Expressing his support, Rakeysh Mehra said, “EkChammachKam of salt intake is simple and self-explanatory. It is well known that too much sodium in a person’s diet can be harmful. It causes blood to retain fluid, and this in turn raises blood pressure and puts a strain on the heart as well.”
Dr Ramakanta Panda of Asian Heart Institute, Jalaj Dani CEO Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Dr Ramen Goel, Director of Bariatric and metabolic surgery at Wockhardt hospitals Dr Ravindra Karanjekar, Corporate CEO, Jupiter Hospital, and several other senior members of the medical fraternity have lent support to the campaign.