Natural Solutions Foundation Appoints Head in Indian State of Pondicherry

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The Natural Solutions Foundation, an international not-for-profit focused on world-wide natural health and health freedom, has been honored by the acceptance of his appointment to head its activities in the Indian state of Pondicherry by a distinguished Indian health pioneer. Prof. Dr. S. Viswanathan, founder and head of a renowned Centre for Yoga Studies and OB-Gyn Chairman at a university hopstial is well known for his dedication to natural medicine and creative interface with the conventional medicine community to bring these options to as many people as possible.

Major General Albert N. Stubblebine III, (US Army, Ret.), President of the Natural Solutions Foundation announced today that Prof. Dr. S. Viswanathan has been confirmed as the Director of the Foundation's activities for the Indian state of Pondicherry. The Natural Solutions Foundation - India is rapidly expanding its activities under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr. B. M. Hegde, a long time champion of natural health and drug free options. Thie goals of the Natural Solutions Foundation are to promote and protect natural health and the freedom to choose natural options for health. Consumers rights in these vital area are being globally threatened by Codex Alimentarius, a food standard setting body which frequenlty sets those standards so that multinational corporate interests, not consumers and their rights, are served. India is uniquely placed to provide protection for her consumers and world leadership in the importance of protecting natural health options because of her ancient and modern use of natural health options through Ayurvedic Medicine, Naturopathy and Yogic health practices which stess pure foods and herbs as the foundation for medical practice.

Rima E. Laibow, MD, Medical Director of the Natural Solutions Foundation is particularly enthusiastic about Dr. Viswanathan joining the leadership team of the foundation since his view and drug free professional activities parallel her own. Rejecting much of the conventional approach to illness, Dr. Viswanathn has brought self-regulation and self-realization into the medical community in a unique and effective way throughout India. His approach and methods, which have received international recogntion, fit perfectly with the aims and activities of the Natural Solutions Foundation, both globally and in India and his participation in the health and health freedom activities of the Foundation are anticipated to widen its recognition and impact in India. In collaboration with Prof. B.M. Hegde, an all-India meeting is in development which will focus on the dangers facing India's ancient tradition of health through awareness, nutrition and herbs embodied in the Ayurvedic tradition which treats the underlying causes of disease and therefore stands in stark contrast to pharmaceutical medicine which supresses symptoms. Thus, access to clean, unadulterated food and natural healing modalities, so central to the Indian health traditions, are prefectly aligned with the Natural Solutions Foundation's dedication to health and health freedom. Yoga's contribution to health is through the integration of consiousness and intentionality with these principles. Dr. Viswanathan's education, experience and passions make him an ideal partner in the pro-health struggle in India and beyond.

Prof. Viswanathan is well-known throughout India for his ground-breaking work not only as the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hospital, Annamalai University in Chidambaram but also for his extraordinary work in establishing the renowned Centre for Yoga Studies at that school. Dr. Viswanathan also finds time to serve as the Editor in Chief for Om Magazine.

Dr. Viswanathan's distinguished academic career includes an M.B.B.S. (1979), D.G.O. (1984) and an M.D.(O & G, 1986)from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and a P.G. Diploma in Yoga (Centre for Yoga Studies, Annamalai University, 2003). He completed his Internship and Residency in Ob-Gyn at Govt. Gen. Hospital & Madras Medical College in 1982. He returned to Kasturba Medical College and Hopstial in Mangalore for his post graduate training in Ob-Gyn. He took further post graduate training at St. George's Hospital in London and has risen from Consultant to Professor and Head of Department in Ob-Gyn at Rajah Muthiah Medical College and Hosptial in Annamalainagar, India since his return to India in 1992. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Gnanalloi Thiruthondar Award (1999), the Yoga Rathna Award, the Key of Nation Award in Recognition of Distinguished Leadership (Lions Club International from USA, 2003), the Bangalore Sundaram Award (2005), Yoga Chemmal Award (2005), and is a member of numerous Ob-Gyn and Yoga professional associations. He is an Examiner both in Ob-Gyn and Yoga at numerous Universities.

Dr. Viswanathan has published 13 peer reveiwed research papers, organized dozens of seminars and conferences on a wide variety of topics and is a sought-after guest lecturer. He has demonstrated his mastry of community involvement by organizing outreach programs which have reached more than 25,000 students at various levels.

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