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       Keep an open mind on traditional medicine, docs told

 

Kuala Lumpur:

                 Doctors have been urged to keep an open mind on the use of traditional and complementary medicine in keeping with global trends. Health

Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the philosophy  and the policy of the world Health Organization was to see greater intergration between traditional and complementary medicine.

 

                        " It is the policy of this ministry to promote traditional and complementary medicine which may or not be included in the health supplements.If we were to exclude that , it would not be healthy and not in line with development in the rest of the world - especially the developed countries, so we hope everyone will keep an open mind, " he told a press conference yesterday. Chua added that the ministry's director-general would meet doctors to discuss the issue. On Monday Malaysian Medical Association president Dr. N. Arumugam was quoted as saying that the association had banned doctors from selling health supplements. since last April. The Malaysian Dietary Supplements Association ( Madsa ), however, expressed surprise over the ban as it implied that supplements were detrimental to health. Madsa said supplements that had been on a typical doctor's prescription list included iron for anaemic patients, calcium for osteoporosis and folic acid for pregnant mothers. Prestigious medical journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and New England Journal of Medicine had also supported the use of health supplements, it added.

 

        The Star, page 8, Saturday 7, February 2004

 

                                  E-mail : editor@thestar.com.my

 

 

                           "  We hope everyone will keep an open mind. "   - The former Health minister, Datuk Chua Jui Meng of  Malaysia       

 

After 25 years of struggles, homeopathy has been recognized by Ministry of Health Malaysia in year 2000. Thanks to the former Health Minister, Datuk Chua Jui Meng of  Malaysia 


The formation of the Homeopathy Faculty
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http://www.geocities.com/fakulti/hm.htm
                            

 

      "  Classical homeopath does not include any other surrounding or possible alternative medicines like vitamins, minerals, herbs or whatever. ... And sometimes, a homeopathic remedy cannot cure a problem--for example, if your diet does not include a lot of salads or greens, you might have an vitamin A deficiency and complain of poor night vision....the only thing that will help that is to change your diet to include these foods, and/or take a vitamin A supplement. Homeopathy SOMETIMES can help you change your eating habits. But because the soils and veggies/fruits are depleted and no longer have the levels of vitamin they used to before 1960, we are getting depleted and need supplements, " Eileen Nauman, my Cherokee American friend,  well known internationally as a writer and Homeopath in complementary and alternative medicine, commented, in our Athena forum a few years ago.

 

                 I recall those difficult years when I had to improvise very simple ways to manage emergency cases while practising in remote areas in the state of Johore, Malaysia, when the nearest hospital was miles away. Droplet feeding a succussed preparation from the patient's vomitus in accidental poisoning was a desperate homeopathic procedure in jungle medicine but not in orthodox medicine.. There was no time for detailed history -taking. Slipping some crashed homeopathic granules of Antimony Tartarate 6x into a gasping cyanotic child's mouth, with respiratory problems before the frantic rush to the nearest hospital, was another emergency measure. My limited supplies of homeopathic medicine , which included principally the homeopathic specifics for soft tissue injuries and bony trauma :Hypericum, Arnica, Natrum Sulph,

Calendula , Ruta, Symphytum, Ferrous Phos, Silica, Bellis Perennis  and the like , were obtained from Sungai Patani, friendly homeopaths in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Baru,in Kelantan. I still recall the kindly homeopath from Kota Baru, Dr.Nik, now professor, who sent me  Ringgit 200 worth of homeopathic medicine on credit which I managed to pay off with the small collections from poor patients. Life has taught me the best under such straitened circumstances. I seldom used steriods. I sparingly prescribed antibiotics because I resorted to the homeopathized specifics for cleansing and the management of badly  infected  cuts and wounds with wild honey dressing of the injuries.I found that diabetic ulcers healed fast with raw honey dressing. It was not safe to keep tetanus toxoid because the supply of electricity in the village was erratic. Instead, I prepared Hypericum and Ledum globules, which were adminstered orally under the tongue, for the  prophylaxis of Tetanus.  " Lexin " , a snake -bite preparation developed by Dr. Parimal Banerji 's father,Maharshi Pareshnath Banerji, had saved many lives. It was administered by olfaction.I saved enough money, with skipped meals to buy Homeopathic Books from the Jain Homeopathic Publishers in India.The  determined will to learn a new discipline of medicine, Homeopathy, which is not taught in Orthodox Medicine spurred me on to trudge wearily, inspite of all the deprivations that I have been subjected to, the lonely Way in search of the Holistic truth , a lonely and  non-lucrative path .  I still treasure those books which I have faithfully preserved till this very day. Though these homeopathic

books are torn and tattered now, they are still,my constant sleeping companions.  A far cry from those hectic days of jungle medicine ,however, whenever, I pick up one of them for reference with my hands,it is like shaking the hands of old friends and teachers. Though not an institutionally qualified homeopath, I studied and researched the Holistic Principles of Homeopathy Nature 's way with a sound grounding of the Basic Medical Sciences taught me in Medical College. My  naive patients are/were my best teachers and I gleaned from them the true meaning of the WHO 's holistic trio of healing: Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. They were  graphic projections of living drug-pictures of symptoms in totality. They taught me Homeopathy.

 

 

 Enabling the patient to breathing  'in' and 'out' of a make-shift perforated paper bag  of " bad gas " rather than an oxygen mask for oxygen,  for better carbon dioxide  and exhaled Nitric Oxide retention , was a life-saving measure to maintain vasodilation to provide oxygen for life maintenance to the anoxic  child during the journey to the nearest medical institution .

 ( Nitric oxide is a potent endothelium-derived vasorelaxant substance and an inhibitor of smooth-muscle-cell growth . Nitric oxide is produced in various cell types by the action of an enzyme, nitric oxide synthase and L-arginine.

Inhaled NO appears to be an ideal treatment for hypoxemia in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome because it selectively increases perfusion to portions of the lung receiving ventilation. However, because most patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome do not die from hypoxemic respiratory failure, but from multisystem organ failure, inhaled NO may not improve final outcome. Randomized clinical trials have reported temporary improvements in arterial oxygenation but no significant differences in outcome between patients who received inhaled NO and those who received placebo gas.Despite these observations, inhaled NO may allow clinicians to use less-injurious ventilatory strategies (e.g., by reducing the inspired oxygen concentration), and this may reduce toxic effects and morbidity. In addition, inhaled NO may prove invaluable for the minority of patients in whom severe oxygenation defects are the primary cause of death. The only area where NO has proven efficacy is in infants with persistent pulmonary hypertension, where it has been found to improve systemic oxygenation and decrease the need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

The benefit (or harm) of NO will most likely be secondary to its immunological effects. Inhaled NO is capable of modulating neutrophil chemotaxis, adherence and activation,both locally and in nonpulmonary vascular beds after reperfusion injury; therefore, future studies will likely evaluate its immunomodulating potential in patients who are at risk for acute lung injury and reperfusion injury syndromes.

As suggested in the Buteyko Protocol, it seems that breathing air with a 8% CO2 content, not only raises the body ' s pH and oxygen level but also eliminates pulmonary infection, has favorable outcome for  patients of cardio-vascular  accidents, for the asphyxiated and the brain-damaged. )

 

INHALED NITRIC OXIDE GAS THERAPY and ARDS ( Acute respiratory Distress Syndrome )

 

Posited as a Emergency measure  in Sars and Avian Influenza 

 

This writing is intended to briefly introduce
               ARDS patients, their families, and significant
others, with the properties of nitric oxide
                 and the clinical implications associated with
                      the use of this gas. Nitric oxide should(NO)  not be confused with nitrous oxide (N20), the  mild anesthetic often used by dental
                      professionals that is more commonly known as "laughing gas." As a matter of fact, nitric
       oxide was known as a common environmental
 I  pollutant and contaminant during the
             manufacturing process of nitrous oxide. NO is
        normally manufactured from the reaction of
            sulfur dioxide with nitric acids. Nitric oxide
          is a component of smog that can be measured in
        urban area air at 10 to 100 parts per billion
                      (ppb), is naturally produced in the body in the upper and lower airway at 100 to 1000 ppb,
             and is present in cigarette smoke at 400 to
                      1000 parts per million (ppm). Clinical
          research found that the concentration of
          exhaled NO is increased during exercise and in patient's with asthma.
         Inhaled NO is a relatively new United States
             Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
          investigational drug and numerous facilities
           are involved in clinical trials utilizing this
             gas. Until approved by the FDA, its use is
            limited to those facilities that have gone
                      through the application process for drug
                      evaluation and research and have been granted  permission (known as an Investigational New
                      Drug [IND] number) to conduct such studies utilizing NO. In addition, an informed consent
             procedure must be obtained from each patient or legal representative prior to the  administration of NO.

 

                      Physiology of ARDS

 

       A
                      limited review of the pulmonary disease , ARD , is necessary to gain an understanding of the way in which NO affects this pulmonary
                      ailment.

                      Patients with ARDS, whether precipitated by
                      inhalation of vomited stomach contents
                      (aspiration), injury, pneumonia, inhalation of
                      toxic substances, or a severe infection
                      somewhere in the body (sepsis), usually all
                      have high blood pressure in the vessels
                      leading to and around the lungs (pulmonary
                      hypertension.) Also, under normal conditions,
                      if the tiny air sacs in the lung (alveoli) do
                      not receive enough air or are collapsed
                      (atelectasis), the blood vessels supplying
                      these alveoli will constrict (become smaller
                      or narrower). In ARDS however, these collapsed
                      or underventilated alveoli continue to receive
                      full blood supply from the surrounding blood
                      vessels (capillaries). Since these collapsed
                      or underventilated alveoli are not receiving
                      oxygen, they are not capable of providing
                      oxygen to the blood stream. The net effect may
                      be a severe reduction in oxygen levels in the
                      blood stream.

 

                      Basic Science

 

                      Certain substances that occur naturally in the
                      body exert control over blood flow in and
                      around the lungs. These substances can cause
                      blood vessels near the lungs to dilate (become
                      wider or larger, vasodilation). They produce
                      this vasodilation by causing cells lining the
                      blood vessels to produce the gaseous product
                      NO. NO accounts for the physiological effects
                      of vasodilating drugs such as nitroglycerin; a
                      drug commonly used to treat high blood
                      pressure. Recent studies have found that
                      excess NO production in the body plays a role
                      in the massive vasodilation and low blood
                      pressure associated with septic shock
                      syndrome.

                      Since NO exists in a gaseous form, it can be
                      applied to the pulmonary vessels by
                      administering it as an inhaled gas. What this
                      means, is that when NO is inhaled, it
                      selectively dilates blood vessels in only
                      those lung segments that are actively
                      participating in gas exchange (oxygen & carbon
                      dioxide) at the alveolar-capillary level. In
                      other words, this increases the blood flow to
                      areas of the lung where oxygen is being
                      provided and thus improves oxygen levels in
                      the body. This is known as
                      ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) matching.
                 However, the lower respiratory tract contributes
      substantially to exhaled NO. Direct sampling via
             fibreoptic bronchoscopy in asthmatic patients shows a
       similar elevation of NO in trachea and main bronchi
          to that recorded at the mouth, thus indicating that
            the elevated levels in asthma are derived from the
             lower airways.

            Biological relevance of exhaled nitric oxide.

             Concentrations of NO present in expired air are
         considered to be too low to be of physiological
         relevance [16, 17]. That is to say that nM concentrations
         of NO are unlikely to have substantial bioactivities
          in the lung (as NO) where there is continuous
           exposure to a high flow rate of mM haemoglobin
        concentrations which avidly bind NO . However,
             NOS activation does not result in the formation
                of NO alone . It may form a variety of nitrogen
             oxides with a broad range of bioactivities ,
                           such as nitrate, nitrite (NO2  and peroxynitrite.
                      NO was not the first drug discovered that
                      causes pulmonary vasodilation. There are
                      several other drugs that are known
                      vasodilators that have been on the market for
                      years. These include the aforementioned
                      nitroglycerin and nitroprusside. The
                      shortcoming of these types of drugs is that
                      they increase the pulmonary blood flow to all
                      lung segments, including those that are not
                      well ventilated. This further inhibits oxygen
                      delivery to the blood stream because
                      capillaries are dilated that are in contact
                      with alveoli that are not providing or do not
                      contain oxygen.

                     
                      Inhaled nitric oxide (NO) dilates only
                      ventilated alveoli, an outcome that improves
                      V/Q matching. (From Lunn R: Subspecialty
                      clinics: Anesthesiology; Inhaled nitric oxide
                      therapy. (Mayo Clin Proc 1995; 70:247-255;
                      with permission.)

                      After the NO is inhaled and passes through the
                      lungs and into the patient's blood stream, its
                      effects are quickly deactivated. This is
                      because NO quickly reacts with the
                      iron-containing pigment of the red blood cell
                      that functions to carry oxygen from the lungs
                      to the tissues (hemoglobin). Hemoglobin
                      inactivates NO and thus when it is carried to
                      the rest of the body, it does not cause
                      vasodilation to blood vessels beyond the lung
                      area. This is in stark contrast with some of
                      the other pulmonary vasodilator drugs that not
                      only cause vasodilation of blood vessels in
                      and around the lungs, but also cause
                      vasodilation throughout the body. This can
                      potentially lead to a serious decrease in a
                      patient's blood pressure.

                      Gas Delivery Systems

                      As mentioned earlier, the way in which this
                      drug is administered is simply by providing
                      the gas for the patient to inhale. There are a
                      variety of delivery systems that are presently
                      in use. These either encompass a homemade or
                      "rigged" system or a commercially available
                      delivery system. They can provide gas delivery
                      via a ventilator circuit, a facemask, or a
                      nasal cannula.

                      The basic design and goal of each system is to
                      provide a system for safe gas delivery and
                      precision gas analysis or monitoring. If
                      delivering the gas through a ventilator,
                      either a continuos or intermittent flow of NO
                      is fed into the inspiratory limb of the
                      ventilator tubing. The rate of NO gas flow is
                      controlled to maintain the desired levels of
                      NO. Prior to the patient connection of the
                      ventilator tubing, a sensor or sample line is
                      connected to an analyzer that displays NO, NO2
                      (discussed in further detail later) and
                      possibly oxygen levels. Usually the displayed
                      NO and NO2 readings are measured in parts per
                      million.

                      Safety Concerns

                      As with any drug, there are legitimate safety
                      and toxicity concerns regarding the use of
                      inhaled NO. Inhaling very high levels of NO
                      (5,000 to 20,000 ppm) can be lethal causing a
                      severe and acute accumulation of fluid in the
                      lungs (pulmonary edema) and methomoglobinemia
                      (described below). However, there is little
                      evidence of such toxicity when the
                      concentration is kept in the normal
                      concentration range (1 to 80 ppm). Animals
                      have breathed the gas in concentrations of 10
                      to 40 ppm, for six days to six months, without
                      evidence of toxicity.

                      Virtually all patients receiving NO will also
                      be receiving oxygen (O2). ARDS patients
                      usually require high levels of O2. The
                      by-product of NO and O2 yields nitrogen
                      dioxide (NO2). NO2 is a highly toxic chemical.
                      Although OSHA has set the safety limit for NO2
                      at 5 ppm, some investigators have found that
                      prolonged exposure to even 2 ppm of NO2 can be
                      injurious to the lungs. The amount of NO2
                      produced is dependent upon the levels of NO
                      and O2 and the amount of time they are
                      combined together prior to inhalation.
                      Therefore, the lowest dose of NO and lowest
                      concentration of O2 that achieve the desired
                      effect are used. NO is usually fed into the
                      ventilator tubing as close to the patient as
                      possible, limiting the mixing time between O2
                      and NO.

                      All delivery systems monitor NO2 levels
                      continuously. Newer delivery systems have been
                      designed to limit NO2 production or inhibit
                      its delivery to the patient, but situations
                      may occur where the NO dose, the O2
                      concentration, or both, may have to be
                      reduced.

                      One of the potential adverse side effects for
                      patients receiving inhaled NO is the formation
                      of methemoglobin. Methemoglobin is hemoglobin
                      that cannot release the oxygen its carrying,
                      nor can it combine with more oxygen.
                      Therefore, it impairs the blood's ability to
                      deliver oxygen to the tissues. This is a rare
                      complication because the body contains certain
                      chemicals and enzymes that convert
                      methemoglobin back to hemoglobin.
                      Nevertheless, blood levels should be closely
                      monitored.

                      Patient Outcomes

                      Virtually since the discovery of NO for
                      medical use in the mid-to-late '80s, it has
                      been trialed on patients with acute
                      respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Numerous
                      formal studies have been completed that
                      examined the effect NO had on ARDS patients.
                      Virtually every study found that inhaled NO:
                      1) induced a redistribution of blood flow in
                      the lungs to areas that were well ventilated,
                      2) reduced the blood pressure in the arteries
                      surrounding the lungs, and 3) improved oxygen
                      levels in the blood. How NO is capable of
                      producing this effect was described earlier.

                      This research has also found that not every
                      patient responds to inhaled NO in the same
                      manner. Some patients have an almost immediate
                      positive and recognizable response. While
                      others have a limited response. Some studies
                      have found that only about one-third of
                      patients with ARDS due to sepsis had a
                      positive response to inhaled NO. Among other
                      factors, patients who had high blood pressure
                      in the arteries near the lungs and who
                      demonstrated a positive response to PEEP
                      (positive end-expiratory pressure from the
                      ventilator), appeared to be most likely to
                      have a positive response to inhaled NO. For
                      some patients, the positive response to
                      inhaled NO appears to last for only hours to
                      days while others respond positively for
                      weeks. The reason for this phenomenon is still
                      being investigated.

                      As mentioned earlier, ARDS patients are
                      usually receiving high concentrations of
                      oxygen. High-level oxygen administration for
                      an extended period of time (usually > 72
                      hours) is well known for its pulmonary
                      toxicity. Since NO has been proven to improve
                      oxygen levels in the body, numerous clinical
                      studies have found that adding NO to a
                      patient's inhaled gas allowed a reduction in
                      the oxygen concentration being delivered to
                      the patient, and thus a concomitant reduction
                      in possible toxicity to the lungs.

                      So how has NO affected mortality and length of
                      intensive care unit or hospital stays? Since
                      NO is a relatively new medical adjunct, there
                      have been only a limited number of studies
                      that have tracked and reported patient
                      outcomes. Most research has focused on the
                      physiological effects and patient response to
                      inhaled NO.

                      In the largest study to date, 177 patients
                      diagnosed with ARDS, from various test sites
                      throughout the country, were randomized to
                      receive NO or a control gas (placebo). Results
                      of this study were: 1) an initial increase in
                      oxygenation allowed a reduction in O2
                      concentration, 2) there were no differences
                      among the groups receiving NO and the placebo
                      with respect to mortality rate, the number of
                      days alive and off mechanical ventilation, or
                      the number of days alive after meeting a
                      criteria for removal of mechanical
                      ventilation, 3) however, the percentage of
                      patient's alive and off mechanical ventilation
                      by day 28 that were receiving 5 ppm of inhaled
                      NO, was higher (62% vs. 44%) than the placebo
                      group. Even though most other studies were
                      conducted using much smaller patient
                      populations, almost all had the similar
                      findings of improved gas exchange, but no
                      effect on mortality.

                      The difficulty in analyzing the success or
                      failure of patient outcomes (mortality and
                      length of stay) for patients with ARDS is that
                      the reversal of lung failure may be obscured
                      by the development of other organ system
                      malfunctions that often may occur with ARDS.

                      Studies continue to address the use of NO to
                      improve the overall prognosis for ARDS
                      patients. Actual studies that are underway
                      include methods of predicting which patients
                      will respond positively to inhaled NO, the
                      optimal dose concentrations, patient
                      positioning during NO delivery, and
                      examination of potential long term toxicity.
                      Research has been proposed that would make
                      comparisons of NO delivery devices on patient
                      outcomes, and standardization of ventilator
                      management during NO administration.

 

                      By Dean Miller, BSRC, RRT
                      Education Coordinator
                      Respiratory Care Services
                      St. Luke's Medical Center
                      Milwaukee, WI

                     

 


 

                      Under such straitened circumstances, I witnessed the foreign-body extruding effect of potentised Silica in healed injuries still harbouring the retained debris. The extruded objects [ tiny glass pieces and wooden splinters] were palpable over the skin. My patients from the jungle fringes in Kahang, Johore shared with me their folklore steeped in  traditional medicine.It could be that the memories of the sounds and voices [ Nature's silence ] of the rainforests where I spent  most of my childhood, that  had lured me to trudge the lonely Way searching  for holistic truths.

       

         What mainstream medicine considered as healed on the radiological evidence of calcification of the TB tubercles in the lung fields, seen as opacities is but an evasive and protective mechanism evolved by the Tubercular Bacilli to escape chemical destruction and immune surveillence. This protective phenomenon is observed in the Nano-Bacteria which produce a similar cellular calcium coating or a biofilm  which prevents the microbes from destruction by the immune cells or antibiotics. Nano-bacteria are immune to anti-microbials. The criterion of recovery from TB is bacteriological and not radiological. I rely more on the bacteriological staining from sampling of the saliva or a gastric aspiration. It has been observed that Cell Salts can cause morphological alterations in microbial colonies. Potentised quartz [ silica ] causes a flaring up of old calcified TB lesions in the lungs, in the process of extrusion. This phenomenon has been observed by astute holistic researchers. In Biological Transmutation, Prof Kervran [ University of Paris ] showed that the assimilated calcium is not utilised by the body as such but is converted to magnesium which is stored in the body.This calcium-transmutated Magnesium is reverted back to calcium to meet the body's demands as needed. In his classical experiment, Prof Kervran  demonstrated the Biological Transmutation of Quartz [silica] to Calcium present in the egg-shell with different chicken-feeds.The transmutated calcium is the biological calcium which has its specific vibratory signature. The dynamised silica unmasks the non-biological calcium coating of microbes by causing vibratory disresonance extracellularly and intracellularly,thus exposing the pathological microbes to the immune system of the body.. A flaring-up of the so-called healed calcified TB lesion is instituted by immune cells as a homeostatic response to rid the body of foreign matter. This is part of the rationale of flaring-up and extrusion of calcified TB lesions and other foreign bodies in the human body observed by earlier homeopaths and  holistic researchers.. As a matter of fact, potentised silica has antibiotic properties. I have resorted to homeopathized Silica which is one of the essential tissue salts of Schuessler, for management of chronically discharging infected lesions with a dosage of 2 drops of Silica 200x on the tongue with a monthly review. These lesions heal with proper dietary advice and nutrient supplements. I have compiled some of the scraped notes on rural practice in holistic medicine  years ago on Nutritional Science. I have uploaded the pages to a website.. The pages have an old fashion typeface but I hope the messages in these faded pages are legible in the webpages.

 

                  Very few would trudge the lonely path the way I did. I had suffered  and ran the gamut which many of my pioneering teachers of holistic medicine and allied sciences had experienced. The reawakening was  rejuvenating  and the realization of my cherished dream that eventually the  medical establishment in Malaysia would resonate with Mother Nature is well worth all the illusory deprivations that  had beset me  and the shattering experience of   holistic reawakening.

 

                            What is Vibrational Medicine ?

 

Stefanatos ( 1997,228 ) tells us that the " electromagnetic fields (EMF)emanating from bacteria,viruses and toxic substances affect cells of the body and weaken its constitution." So the vital force is identified quite explicitly with electromagnetic fields and said to be the cause of disease. But somehow the life energies of the body are balanced by bioenergetic therapies. " No antibiotic or drug, no matter how powerful, will save an animal or human if the vital force of healing is suppressed or lacking ." ( Stefanatos 1997, 229 ) So health or sickness is determined by who wins the battle between good and bad electromagnetic waves in the body.

                      Electronic and Magnetic medicine is going to be the future medicine. The average frequency of the human body during the day is between 62 and 68 cycles each second.If it drops below this rate,the immune defence system will start to shut down.

                                     Cold symptoms appear at 58 cycles,

                              Flu at 57, Candida at 55, Glandular Fever at 52,

                                         Cancer at 42 cycles each second.

                       Dr. Young and Bruce Tainio [ Cheny University. WA. USA]

 

                                Anthroposophic Medicine

          A unique specialty is Anthroposophic Medicine. With the founding of Homeopathy by Samuel Hahnemann in the early 19th century, and of Anthroposophic Medicine by Rudolf Steiner in the early 20th century, Medicine has rediscovered some of its spiritual and holistic roots.

On one hand, Anthroposophic Medicine is thoroughly modern requiring its practitioners to be fully qualified MDs or DOs (Osteopaths) with a solid grounding in mainstream medicine. On the other hand, Anthroposophic Medicine seeks to change our modern view of the human being as a marvelous machine to a renewed holistic understanding of ourselves as fourfold beings: spirit, soul, life forces and our physical body.

The Anthroposophic physician or therapist strives to develop his or her intuitive grasp of the spiritual dynamic at work in every illness. The practitioner's training to access insight that can serve the patient's healing is not only a scientific endeavor, but an artistic and moral endeavor as well.

Today, Medicine is at a crossroads. Although it has successfully contributed to the diagnosis and treatment of disease for the last four decades, it has not been as successful in promoting healthy aging. The movement from disease-centered care to patient-centered care is provoking new questions relative to health and vitality across the lifespan.

Sources: Philip Incao  MD ; Larry Eckstein, MD,  and Lisa Bassow, MD.

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     The following  faded typeface pages are the recordings of  a Memory Replay of the Sounds and Voices of  Nature's Silence in a Malaysian Rainforest, where I spent most of my earlier childhood in the company of
freely roaming wild creatures with luxuriant plants and trees. In memory of
the deafening pattering of rain on zinc roof, the  howling wind through
unclosed windows, the dripping sound of rain-drops, the ear-splitting thunder and lightning in a tropical storm, the muscial sound of nocturnal insects and
the ocassional distant roar of a foraging tiger ( Nature's Silence ) , under a swinging  electric bulb caused by eddying wind currents, I framed my thoughts in  these notes. One is closest to
Mother Nature and Nuture when  one is attuned to  Nature's Silence.
 

                                               Nutritional Science (1991)
                                         -   Dr. FHLew
                                             Kahang , Johor
                                             Malaysia
        
 

Village Medicine

 

              All these years of practice have taught me that med-

icine is holistic. Doctors do not cure patients; we merely

help them towards homeostatic equilibrium. Nature does

the rest. Treating the symptoms without rooting out the

cause is not holistic medicine. In fact, this is what we

have been doing all the time in orthodox medical practice.

In reality, no drug has ever healed a person. Hippocrates

stated :

 

      " The body heals itself; the physician is only

                        Nature's assistant. "

                                                            - Lew

 

         Synthetic anti-microbials usually drive the " taint" or symptoms deeper in the body parts and may disappear for sometime but there is always recurrence.The symptoms are merely suppressed without removing the cause of the of the disease.

  " The 'disappearance' of a particular germ from the culture does not mean that the germ is dead; it only became invisible due to its transformation into an invisible form. That means the host organism is now in a cancerous state.... Today's mainstream medicine is governed by consent of opinions rather than hard scientific evidence. This is the reason why false and fraudulent teachings can survive even though the truth has been known for a long time." 

                           - Dr. Karl Horst  Poehlman,Australia

Pasteur ,on his death-bed, is said to have made the heretical statement:

" The bacteria are nothing, the terrain is everything. "

  

                                       

 

To those men in every science and art who are investigating the properties of the chemical elements,their structure
and their application for the betterment of the physical temple of man's well-being. To know the dust of the earth in the form of vitamins,enzymes,protein,starches,fats,
prostaglandins and mineral supplements in foods is to understand the source in nature from which health and well-being spring.
 

- Bernard Jansen

 

What is Biodynamics?

Dr. Benard Jansen
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A pioneering researcher in Holistic Nutrition

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.... -lest eating customs. Thus, we are what we eat,drink,breathe

or associate with. An understanding of herbs and herbal

products projects us into a dimension where knowledge is

inter-related, demonstrating the universality of creation 

in Nature's alchemical laboratory and the operation of the

Universal Mind. The study of herbal wholistics and isolates

gives us a better appreciation of the ethnobotanical, socio-

economic and mystico-cultural influences in anthropology,

which have contributed considerably to the evolution of

folklore, traditional medicine, medical sciences and in part-

icular, organic chemistry. The philosopher, Hegel, stated:

 

     " All knowledge is one. If we can know everything about

        one thing, we will know all. "

 

    Village Medicine

 

              All these years of practice have taught me that med-

icine is holistic. Doctors do not cure patients; we merely

help them towards homeostatic equilibrium. Nature does

the rest. Treating the symptoms without rooting out the

cause is not holistic medicine. In fact, this is what we

have been doing all the time in orthodox medical practice.

In reality, no drug has ever healed a person. Hippocrates

stated :

 

      " The body heals itself; the physician is only

                        Nature's assistant. "

 

  The awakening to this time-honoured philosophy is

stimulated by my having to work in unfavourable conditions

in the outskirts of the Kahang rainforests, Johor, Southern Malaysia.

This town village is subjected to periodic floods, causing

overflowing from blocked drains and sewage, fouling the well-

water which is not chemically treated. The well water is

very acidic with a pH about 6 [ potable range is pH 6 - 10.5 ]

The low pH of the  drinking water is sure to affect the blood pH.

How this biochemical aberration is going to affect the paediatric,

geriactric and the pregnant population in Kahang? How the low

blood pH is going to affect those with chronic medical problems

and its inter-

 

 

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actions with mediciation ? The health Office is not of much

help. Dermatological problems are rampant amongst those

exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers,

poisonous plants and trees. My library which includes a number

of books on herbal medicine and herbal write-ups gave me

the first clue and solution. Alfalfa [ Medicago sativa ], a

chlorophyll-containing food nutrient which is capable of alkalizing

and detoxifying the blood. Out of a sincere and urgent

need to relieve and to avert further toxic build-up in my

patients, I fell on my academic knees to enlist Nature's

assistance. This is my first encounter with traditional medicine,

a blend of East and West, using simple adaptogens daily for

 management of medical problems. According to Lazerev,Brekhman

and Bardymov of the USSR Academy of Sciences , an adaptogen is anything

that " increases the non-specific resistance of an organism"

to stress or other deleterious environmental factors [ injury,

infection, disease or anxiety ]. Adaptogens normalise bodily

processess," increase efficiency both after a single ( stimulant action)

or prolonged ( tonic action ) administration and are non-toxic.

 

           The term adaptogen is used by herbalists to refer to a natural herb product that is proposed to increase the body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. In the past, they have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas, or restoratives. All adaptogens contain antioxidants, but antioxidants are not necessarily adaptogens and that is not proposed to be their primary mode of action.[1]

The concept of adaptogens dates back thousands of years to ancient India and China, but modern study did not begin until the late 1940s. In 1947, Nikolai Lazarev defined an adaptogen as an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors by raising nonspecific resistance toward such stress, thus allowing the organism to "adapt" to the stressful circumstances.[1]

In 1968, Israel I. Brekhman , PhD, and I. V. Dardymov formally gave adaptogens a functional definition, as follows:

1.    An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient.

2.    An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.

3.    An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor.

Under this definition, adaptogens would be nontoxic in normal doses, produce a general defensive response against stress, and have a normalizing influence on the body.[1]

      It is claimed that adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and they help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.[1] Adaptogens are proposed to have a normalizing effect on the body and to be capable of either toning down the activity of hyperfunctioning systems or strengthening the activity of hypofunctioning systems. However, they are also proposed to be functional at the level of allostasis, which is a more dynamic reaction to long term stress, lacking the fixed reference points of homeostasis.[2]  - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

          Adaptogens                             Therapeutic uses

    

Alfalfa                                          Blood  alkalizer

   [ Medicago sativa  ]                          Blood detoxifier

                                                          Gastritis

                                                          Nutrient

 

     Aloe Vera                                      Superficial wounds

                                                          Burns

                                                          Acne

 

     Ginger Root                                    Motion Sickness

  [ Zingiber officinale ]                        Car Sickness

                                                           Morning Sickness

                                                           Dizziness

 

 

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          Adaptogens                      Therapeutic uses

 

                                          Hypercholesterolaemia

                                                           Yeast Infection

 

    Shitake & Reishi Mushroom               Anti-oxidant

( contains organic Germanium )               Smoking

 

            Propolis                                   URT Infection

  ( a bee-hive extract )                         Immunostimulant

                                                           Antibiotic

 

         Germ Rice                                   Nutrient

                                                           Constipation

 

        Royal Jelly                                   Underweight infants

                                                            Morning sickness

                                                            Arthritis

                                                            Hypertension

                                                            Menopausal syndrome

                                                            Neurasthenia

                                                            Insomnia

                                                            Diabetes

 

        Bee Pollen                                      Nutrient

 

          Honey                                          Nutrient

                                                             White sugar substitute

                                                             Blood alkalizer

                                                             Anti-septic

 

   Vitamin C with bioflavinoids                 Anti-oxidant

      ( Rutin and Hesperidin )                     URT INfection

        1000 mg acid free

 

           Esterified vitamin C                      Arthritis

            ( Neutral 550 mg )                       URT Infection

                                                               Anti-oxidant

 

       Butcher's Broom                             Haemorroids

     ( Ruscus aculeatus)                         

 

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Adaptogens                    Therapeutic uses

          

                                              Varicose veins

 

       Lecithin with Vitamin E                        Hypertension

                                                                 Hypercholesterolaemia

                                                                 Haemorroids

                                                                 Bedsores

                                                                 Psoriasis

                                                                 Scaling and fissuring

                                                                 Nappy rash

                                                                 Eczemza

 

       Echinacea augustifolia                          Antibiotic

 

       Gingko biloba                                       Stroke

                                                                  Deafness

                                                                  Tinnitus/Vertigo 

                                                                  Intermittent claudication

 

      Comfrey ( Symphytum  offinale )             Respiratory Tract

      with Fennygreek ( Trigonella                         Infection

      foenum-graecum )

 

       Unpolished Rice Enzyme                         Migraine

                                                                   Asthma

                                                                   Anaemia

                                                                   Obesity

                                                                    Neurasthenia

                                                                   Nutrient

        Dong Quai

    ( Angelica sinesis )                                    Menopausal syndrome

                                                                    Menstrual irregularity

                                                                    Anaemia

      

         Ginseng                                                Hangovers              

    ( Panax ginseng )                                        Nervous disorders

                                                                    Anaemia

                                                                    Hypertension

                                                                    Hypotension

                                                                    Diabetes              

                                                                    

 

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Adaptogens                        Therapeutics

 

  Hepatitis B Vaccine with                      Hepatitis B

      pre-S antigen

 

  Lactobacilli                                         Gastroenteritis

          1. Acidophilus                              Constipation

          2. Bulgaricus                               Halitosis

                                                            Autointoxication

                                                            Flatulence

 

  Bran High Fibre                                   Constipation

       1. Wheat bran                                 Obesity

       2. Apple  pectin                               Hypercholesterolaemia

                                                             Colitis

 

  Passion flower                                       Insomnia

( passiflora incarnata )                             Nervous Tension

                                                              Weaning substitute for

                                                               hard drugs

 

  Natural Antacid                                    Gastritis

( Aloe vera with no aluminium)                   Indigestion

 

        Parsley                                           Uro-genital tract infection

( Petroselinum sativum )                           Retention of urine

                                                              Dropsy

                                                              Sinusitis

                                                              Sorethroat

 

  Horseradish                                          Coughs

( Cochlearia armoracia )                           Sinus problems

 

 

                    With simple explanation on the use of honey as a

blood alkalizer, antiseptic and a nutrient and advice to avoid the

" 4 white perils " : white sugar,white flour, white rice and " white

powder "- a local term for heroin,

 

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I have contrived to reduce a substantial amount of pre-

scribed analgesics,cough mixtures,sedatives,steriods and

antibiotics using the simple adaptogens in my practice.

 

 

                 Holistic Medicine

 

         Holistic medicine is based on the principle that

Nature created the human body in perfect balance and

that sickness is the result of interference with the

equilibrium due to inappropriate nourishment. Nature's

food supply furnishes the elements that would restore

the balanced co-ordination of the various bodily functions.

The herbs and herbal products in relation to health and treat

-ment of diseases must meet the requirements as a Resistance Builder, Repair Agent and a Recovery Product to build sturdy

minds and bodies in esoteric Yin-Yang proportions. The essence of a plant is in its totality. The healing harmony of the Whole is not

the same as that of the sum of its parts. An herb is a seed plant

devoid of woody tissue which dies completely after flowering or

is a plant valued for medicinal properties or for its sweet smell

or taste. Lin Yutang stated :

 

          " What is good for the body is medicine and at the same time, food. "

 

          I am very impressed with WHO's definition of   Holistic Health ( Physical, Mental and Spiritual ). 

 

        " Health is a state of COMPLETE physical, mental and

social well-being and not merely the ABSENCE of disease or

infirmity. "

 

   The Meaning of Disease

                   Human life and health depend on very delicately

                  

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adjusted chemical reactions both inside and outside the

billions of cells in the body. Energy is required for its

its integral organization. This is possible with the correct

chemical combination of the elements from the outer

environment through the we eat, the air we breathe

and the fluids we drink. Health is maintained by an optimum

supply of oxygen with nutrients and removal of wastes.

This is made possible by the " River of Life ", the blood

stream and tissue fluids which form Claude Bernard's

" milieu interieur ". The human body through homeostatic

mechanisms, is self-cleansing, self-protecting and self-

healing. Why then man continues to suffer with more side

effects using modern medication and amenities ? Is auto-

intoxication, a concept founded by Dr. Senator in 1888, a

self-poisoning process due to toxic build-up of metabolites

generated by gastrointestinal bacteria, the result of our

ignorance of nutritional science or due to sheer indifference

to natural elements that ensure our health and survival ?

The secret to man's health and survival is well illustrated

by Dr. Alex Carell of Rockefellow  Insitute for medical

research in USA, who made medical history with his classical

experiment with embryonic chicken heart tissue which survived

for 29 years when the nutrient solution was daily changed but

 died one day when it was neglected. Living cells survive

indefinitely when the supply of nutrients and the removal of

wastes is balanced. Ill-health or breakdown of the functional

capacity of the body is due to defective osmosis at the cellular

level by waste precipitation of  " cell cinders " ( German ) or

" cell carbon " ( English ) which are altered metabolic wastes

such as uric acid, carbonic acid, cholesterol, chlorine and calcium

carbonate blocking the diffusion process across the porous

membrane. This waste infusion is the outcome of abnormal

bowel activity with release of their toxic waste by putrifaction

in the gut by the mutating gut bacterial flora. Health is regained

by detoxification, a cleansing process whereby the obstructive

matter " cell carbon " is removed, thus re-establishing osmotic

efficiency and balanced chemistry. A chemico-physiological

restoration of cellular health also requires an infinitesimal

supply of " cell-salts "

 

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which are absorbed minerals, according to the father of

cell salt therapy, Wilheim Schussler MD. These cell salts

acting synergistically with other body chemicals, activate

structures that make the person and form the personality,

are the " living forces " that repair hurts  and revitalise

the body.

 

           Louis Pasteur, the French chemist,discovered germs

during his experimentation on formentation. His discovery

was initially rejected but was later enthusiastically excepted

when the one-germ one-disease model was fashioned to order

with its immense potential for commercial exploitation.  In

1914, Dr Rosenow, associate of the Mayo Foundation, the most

eminent bacteriologist then, shattered the foundation of the

serum and drug industries with the results of painstaking

experimentation. The Rosenow experiments, verifying the

conclusions of Bechamp and others, showed that there exists no

specific bacteria. The extant bacteria are the genotypic and

 phenotypic variants with marked capacity to change their

properties to ensure survival in an unpredictable environment.

Bacterial variation occurs  selectively, modifying the microscopic,

colonial, nutritional, biochemical, antigenic, pathogenic and drug

sensitive attributes of the bacterium, when there is an alteration

in the condition, nutrition and temperature of the environment.

The phenomenon of bacterial variation is observed in our every-

day practice.

 

     1. The development of resistance to escalating/under dosage

       regimen by mutant strains. ( acquired resistance )

 

   2. The development of multiple resistance to drugs

      ( Infective transfer of Resistance or R factor

        from resistant to sensitive strains )

 

   3. The proliferation of pathogenic microbes after a single

       or combined antimicrobial course, when the vitamin

       synthesizing commensals in the gut, the normal flora in

       the respiratory tract and in the skin are eliminated

       ( Superinfection )

 

   4. Temporary acquired resistance to drugs by bacteria

       in dormant or non-metabolizing state.

 

Persister

 

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state in anti-tubercular chemotherapy.

 

      5. The substitution of drug sensitive bacteria and re-

          infection of surface wounds or burns by resistant

          strains with R Factor in hospitalised patients.

                     ( Nosocomial cross-infection )

 

      6. Reversion to incomplete drug sensitivity by previous

          -ly resistant strains when the drug was removed for

          some time. ( Mutational reversion )

 

              Man's constitution ,the immune system in particular,

determines the pathogenicity of the microbes. His susceptibility

to microbial infection due to an impaired immune system, is

increased with a degenerated body damaged by free radicles

generated by environmental pollutants. The HIV-related Acquired

Immune Deficiency Syndrome ( AIDS ) is an example. The negative

sero-conversion of a non-reactor after a course of vaccination

and the late sero-conversion of a so-called " chronic carrier ",

indicate a dysfunctioning immune system and indirectly record

the consequences of nutritional defects due to pollutant interference.

Quoting A. Milne [ New Zealand Medical Journal 14 Dec '88 ]

 

        " The immunising potency of hepatitis B Vaccine is not related

directly to the quantity of antigen. It depends, instead, on the tertiary

structuring of the antigen that specified its quality. "

 

        To this I would like to add that given the immunologically potent

antigen, optimum seroconversion also depends on an unimpaired

immune system.

 

 The Re-awakening

 

      Rejecting the holistic concept, orthodox medicine is complacent

to be in its technological cocoon but not oblivious to the health hazards

that modern development has brought in its wake. The Western re-awaken

-ing did not find the East dozing. While orthodox medicine slumbers, a

great deal of East-West holistic research data has accumulated.

 

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Mother Nature, the guardian of these secrets of ageless wisdom

keeps them locked in dormancy. The first stirrings in the re-awaken

-ing have brought exciting results in the form of potency guaranteed

herbs. The latter has great potential in clinical management of diseases.

 While their orthodox contemporaries were using sophisticated

instruments and machines for specialised experiments, the eclectic

physicians were busy doing basic cell counts and test-tube research.

The holistic research data bequeathed to us recorded in parchments,

scrolls and documents, often hidden in caves and secret places, may

be the solution for controlling the pathological processess generated

by the environmental pollutants. Herbalism through the ages has

hallowed the use of these potency guaranteed herbs, which are

scientifically validated. More healing secrets are locked in Nature's

repertoire of herbal wisdom.

 

     Bilbery (Vaccinium myrtillus)

     Active constituents: Anthocyanosides - Cyandine, Halvidine,

                                   Delphynidine, Petunidine and Peonidine.

 

     Therapeutic research :

                                        1. Ophthamology

                                        2. Obstetrics

     Therapeutic action:

                                        1. Vision disorders

                                            a. Nyctalopia

                                            b. Hemeralopia

                                            c. Eye-strain

                                            d. Vascular retinal disturbances

                                            e. Cataracts

                                            f. Diabetes-induced glaucoma

                                            g. Myopia

 

                                        2. Vascular disorders

                                            a. Varicose veins

                                            b. Thrombosis

                                            c. Renal haematuria

                                            d. Hypertension

                                            e. Purpuras

 

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f. Arteriosclerosis

 

Milk Thistle ( Silybum marianum )

Active constituents : Silymarin comprising of 3 flavonoids

                               ( Silybin, Silydianin and Silychristin )

 

Therapeutic research :

 

                                1. Amanita mushroom poisoning

                                2. Liver disease

Therfapeutic action :

                     

                                1. Liver disease

                                     a. Poisoning

                                     b. Cirrhosis

                                     c. Hepatitis  

                                     d. Fatty degeneration

                                2. Detoxification

                                     a. Air-borne toxins

                                     b. Water-borne toxins 

                                     c. Food-borne toxins

                                3. Alcohol abuse

                                4. Drug abuse 

 

Gingko  ( Gingko biloba )

Active constituents: Flavoglycosides and Quecetin

Therapeutic research :

 

                                1. Vascular effects

                                2. Proctology

                                3. Mental and behavioral effects

                                4. Alzheimer's disease

 

Therapeutic action :

 

                                 1. Vascular insufficiency

                                     a. Cerebral

                                     b. Crural

                                     c. Arterial

                                     d. Veinous

                                     e. Venular

                                     f. Arteriolar

 

                                2. Platelet Aggregation Inhibition

                                 

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                                  4. Inner ear problems

                                          a. Vertigo

                                          b. Tinnitus

                                          c. Hearing loss

                                  5. Proctology

                                  6. Effects on neurophysiology

                                  7. Mental and behavioral manifestations

                                      a. Dementia

                                      b. Alzheimer's Disease Syndrome 

                                                              

 

                         Echinacea  ( Echinacea augustifolia )

                         Active constituents: Echinacosides

                         Therapeutic research:

                                      1. Antibiotic action

                                            a. Streptococci

                                            b. Staphylococcus  aureus

                                            c. Trichomonas vaginalis

                                            d.   Candida  albicans

                                      2. Connective tissue stabilization

                                            a. Echinacin B ( Polysaccharide )

                                            b. Inhibition of hyaluronidase

                                            c. Stabilization of H-system

 

                                      3. Connective Tissue Repair

                                      4. Stimulation of macrophage and T-

                                          cell activity

                                      5. Cancer

                                          a.  Walker's carcinoma

                                          b. Lymphatic leukaemia

                                      6.  Properdin

                                      7.  Interferon induction

 

                        Butcher's Broom ( Ruscus aculeatus )

                        Active constituents: Ruscogenins

                        Therapeutic research:

                                                   1. Proctology

                                                   2. Circulatory disorders

                                                   3. Post-operative recovery

 

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Therapeutic action:

 

1. Protology

a. Haeorroids

b. Proctitis

c. Pruritus ani

d. Anal fissures

 

2. Phebology

a. Varicose Veins

b. Varices

c. Chiblains

d. Postthrombotic syndrome

e. Varicophlebitis

f. Varicose ulcers

 

3. Ophthalmology

a. Diabetic retinopathy

b. Retinal haemorrhage

 

4. Gynaecology

a. Menstrual problems

b. Cramps of pregnancy

c. Varicose veins of pregnancy

( Milk Legs )

 

Tumeric ( Curcuma longa )

Active constituents: Curumin

Therapeutic research:

 

1. Liver protection

2. Antibiotic activity

3. Anti-inflammatory effects

4. Arthritis

5. Cholagogue

6. Gall Bladder Disease

 

Therapeutic action:

 

1. Digestion

2. Cholagogue

3. Weight loss

4. Snake bite

 

Centella ( Centella asiatica: Madagascara  variety )

Active constituents: Asiaticosides and other triterpenes

Therapeutic research:

 

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1. Sclerosis

2. Skin ulcers

3. Gynaecology

4. Ear,Nose & Throat

5. Cellulitis

6. Venous insufficciency and Phebitis

 

Therapeutic action:

1. Skin injuries

a. Open skin sores/cellulitis

b. Wounds

c.Tears

d. Surgical incisions

e. Ulcers

 

2. Confinement

a. Bed sores

b. Phlebitis

 

3. Venous insufficiency

a. Varices

b. Leg cramps

 

 

 

 

 

 

c.     Oedema

 

Ginseng  ( Panax Ginseng )

Active constituents:  Ginsenosides

 

1.        Rb1 group:

a.       Rb1

b.       Rb2

c.       Rbc

d.       Rbd

 

2.       Reg1 group:

 

a.       Rg1

b.       Re

c.       Rf

d.       Rg2

 

Therapeutic  research:

 

1.        Stress

2.       Hypothalamo pituitary adrenal  axis

3.       Cardiovascular effects

4.       Digestive effects

5.       Immunity

 

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6. Geriactrics

 

              Therapeutic action:

                                     

                                         1. Stress

                                         2. Venous tension

                                         3. Depression

                                         4. Hypotension

                                         5. Hypertension

                                         6. Anaemia

                                         7. Asthma

                                         8. Indigestion

                                         9. Fatigue/Exhaustion

                                        10. Arthritis

       

              These potency guaranteed herbs and herbal products

are usually taken in the capsular form and are non-toxic. How-

ever, heavy dosage of Echinacea augustifolia may index induce

temporary infertility in the male; hyaluronidase is one of the

three enzymes attached to the acromosal membrane located on

the head of the spermatozoon.

 

       Nature's laboratory

 

                   The chemical laboratory cannot replace or equal

Nature's alchemical laboratory. Abiogenesis, the doctrine of

origination of life from inert material is advocated by the

synthetic world health,rejuvenation and increased life-span are

possible with synthetic food and supplements. I shated Ann

Wigmore's belief in Biogenesis ( Hippocrates' Health Institute ,

USA ) that living thing are only produced from living things.

The biochemict can imitate an egg but he cannot make it hatch.

In fact, the egg, so is the milk and honey, is herbal at one stage

in Nature's Biological Laboratory. Natural vitamins, under

polarised light, show optical rotation; synthethic vitamins are

optically inactive. What the human body cannot synthesize,

 ( Vitamin C, Linoleic acid ) Nature has catered for in the natural

 form in Man's diet. We lost the gene for the hepatic synthesis 

of Ascorbate from glucose some 60 millions ago .

 

The genetic defect:

                           Enzymatic absence of l-gulonolactone

oxidase during the final stage of

 

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-ion of 1-gulonolacton into ascorbate, forms the basis of

Dr. irwin Stone's hypothesis : Hypoascorbemia, a very low

blood level of ascorfbic acid. Dr. Stone, a pioneer in vitamin

 research and application, contended that Vitamin C is a

pseudovityamin and that the superior bioavailability or vitamin

C resides in its hepatic metabolite.  Esterified vitamin C, a

synthetic, attains  a faster blood level and maintains a higher

blood levvel than traditional vitamin C, contains similar hepatic

metabolites. Only future research will reveal whether the effective

bioavailability of Ester vitamin C is due to its complementing or

enhancing property on natural hepatic metabolites.  Linus Pauling's

megadosing recommendation for the common cold is considerably

reduced using esterified C. Natural comcomitants of vitamin C

commonly encountered are the bioflavanoids, collectively called

vitamin P, are:

 

               Quecetin       Anthocyanidin         Hesperidin

               Catechin        Khellin                    Asculetine

               Rutin             Astragelin              Luteolin

 

         The bioflanoids are particularly effective at oxidative

protection of vitamin C, thus,greatly potentiating and maximizing

its action. Besides chlorophyll and carotenoids, the flavanoids are

the most common pigments in the plant kingdom. Apart from their

widespread biologically  active anti-oxidant property, the bio-

flavonoids also have the following attributes:

 

                 1. Anti-tumour                3. Anti-viral

                 2. Anti-bacterial            4. Anti-hyaluronidase

                 5. Immunostimulating      6. Anti-hepatotoxic

                 7. Capillary permiability stabilizing

                 8. Haemostatic

 

and many more of other scientifically proven activities. Nature

has taught me that natural ingradients are preferable to

synthetic ones.

 

The body's anti-oxidant system

 

 

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                  The body's anti-oxidant system of free radical

scavengers comprises of nutrients which re-establish the equil-

brium between cellular destruction and regeneration in the form

of:

       1. Enzymes:

                        a. Super Oxide Dismutase

                        b. Glutathione peroxidase

       2.Co-enzymes:

 

                        a. Copper

                        b.Zinc

                        c. Manganese

                        d. Selenium

       3. Sulphur-containing amino-acids

                        a. Methionine

                        b. Cysteine

       4. Vitamins

                        a. Vitamin A ( Beta - carotene )

                        b. Viatamin E

                        c. Vitamin C

                        d. Vitamin B3

                        e. Vitamin B6

 

                   Super Oxide Dismutase ( SOD ) is synthesized in the

body from its precursors:

 

                       1. Zinc

                       2. Manganese

                       3. B6

                    It is ineffective orally as assimilation is poor. Super

Oxide Dismutase has been used successively intravenously to neutral

-ise the excessive  superoxides in the cells generated by the environ-

mental and dietary pollutants. Hence the body has to be adequately

replenished to offset the destructive action of free radicals produced

by the ubiquitous pollutants. Perhaps , it is only Nature that has the

capability to contain then devastating effects of our environment.

Factually, our artificial     

 

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lifestyle and modern industrialization are responsible

for a new sick syndrome which modern science cannot coup

with : Oxygen starvation. Nobel Price winner, Otto Warburg

MD, showed more than fifty years ago that cancer is a

process of cell mutation on the cellular level caused by

oxygen deprivation and is not virus-induced. Cancer thrives

in a hypoxic environment :  His theory still stands uncontra-

dicted to-date.

The erythrocyte levels of the antioxidant enzymes SOD and GPx, and serum levels of antioxidants vitamins β -carotene and β -tocopherol were estimated in various types of brain tumors, and were compared with the levels in controls. Statistically significant (P<.001) diminished levels of β - carotene, β -tocopherol, SOD and GPx, were observed in all the brain tumor patients as compared to controls. Malignant tumor also showed a relative decrease in antioxidant levels as compared to benign tumors. Comparison of histopathological sections of brain tumors also suggested a inverse relationship between antioxidant level and grades of malignancy. Marked decrease in antioxidant levels may have a role in genesis of considerable oxidative stress in brain tumors. Further more, the degree of decline in antioxidant levels may indicate severity of malignancy in brain tumors.

 

Medical challenge : Environmental pollutants

 

            What challenges medicine to-day is not cancer,

arthritis,cardiovascular disease, allergy or diabetes. The

real challenge medicine and allied sciences have to face

is the  " free radical fall-out " from such " nuclear-waste"

as food preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, toxic chemicals,

medications, ultra-violet radiation, alcohol, cigarrete smoke

and in fact from any combustion source, the sun's rays, any

burnt item including the " burning of glucose " with oxygen.

 These free radicals enter the body through the fluids we

imbibe, the food we partake,the air we in hale and radiation.

Research studies have shown that these oxidizing free radicals

are causatively linked with all aging degenerative diseases. Free

radicals are incomplete molecules with unpaired electrical charge,

which set up a chain reaction by conversion and reaction on coming

in contact with body tissues. Cells damaged by free radicals

persist as intracellular lipofuscin pigments which impede oxygen

flow into cells. Lipofuscin pigments increase with age. The immune

system  is put at great risk when free radicals damage the genetic

code in the cells, with consequences of mutation and cancer. Many

of the diaseases classified as " idiopathic ", " idiotoxic ",

" iatrogenic ", " chronic " or " terminal " are the  inexorable

pathological processess  caused by the " free radical fall-out ".

Holistic medicine calls for a more aggressive evaluation with due

emphasis on environmental pollutants or such medical entities

rather than just a mere classification. The harsh re-awakening

from holistic dormancy and the peep-look Nature's merciful bounty

should make us realise the immediate deficiencies in  our

pharmaceutical defence. The ho-

 

 

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listic research material that has been collected so pain

-stakingly by our visionary eclectic peers through the

ages, should deserve a better reception by the medical

establishment. It is hoped that the guardians of health

realise what price mankind has paid and has to pay in the

name of technological progress. The world is not the same again

shrouded and clouded by environmental pollutants. We

are living in a precarious world. My essay is a mere whisper

lost in the roar of the medical establishment. But it is

still an effort worth trying : Helping to get research

started in adaptogenic biopharmaceutics in Malaysia. Man's

intellectual forces have forged very sophisticated instruments

and machines, no less in the medical field.

 

Bowing with an appeal

 

What I think is a feasible approach to the

practice of holistic medicine, under the circumstances, in my

area of practice is in no way an attempt to depreciate orthodox

medicine. When the alert for the typhoid spread was given sometime

in April 1990 and with no vaccine at hand. I turned to Nature

for help. Honey,besides being a first class nutrient and a

mild systemic alkalizer, has also antibiotic properties.

It is bactericidal to Salmonella bacilli. Kahang with the adjacent

forests and estates, has a ready supply of  natural honey for

its inhabitants. Cost-effective commercial brands are also available

in the sundry shops (though less effective ). I prescribe honey as a mild systemic alkalizer, as a prophylactic and as a nutrient for my patients in Kahang. I also

abserve the protocol issued by the MMA.

 

Holistic medicine found me in the process of re-

discovering my medical roots and recovering from the heady

technological revolution which came near to destroying traditional

medicine. Malaysia is a multi-racial country with many colourful

traditions. Unfortunately, scientifically validated herbal

medicine has never been taught in medical institutions. In our

hurry to achieve technological excellence to be at par with

other developed countries, we should not forget our humble

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origins. In the splendour of computerised marvels at

diagnostics and treatment, we should not be so souless

as to crush the humble plant under our feet. Scientific

validation of herbal extracts has shown that potency

guaranteed constituents can effect results which surgery

or computerised sophistry may not be able to reach.

When Dr. TCN Singh from Annamalai University, South

India, demonstrated that music by resonance could induce

a greater agricultural yield,which is stored up energy

food produced by the accelerated vibration of the plant

molecules induced by musical sound waves, particularly

those from high-pitched violin or from soprano voices,

genetic transference of this high-yielding trait has also been

observed. Botanical research has revealed that planmts are

capable of reacting to human behaviour with " feelings ".

 This Krishna-inspired departmental head in Botany paved the way for international research ( Europe and America ) where at least

scientists now dared to ask whether corn has ears for music.

To extrapolate from this musical experience, through resonance,

Nature's omnipotent energy transformer, why can't specific healing

requirements be structured in musical composition for vibratory

transmission to plants  for medicinal production? It is not impossible

in these days of computerised genetic engineering.

 

            " The greatest service to any country is to add  a useful

plant to its culture ."

 

                                -Thomas Jefferson

 

    When man is despair of his outer world, he begins slowly to

look within his microcosm to search for relief. This is the re-

awakening of holistic medicine, which treates the "inner" cause

of disease to relieve the " outer symptoms ". The Human Void is

One which defines the esoteric Yin-Yang philosophy where life

is balanced energy in its myraid forms.

  Man's dependence on plant life is in more ways than one for

sustenane and health. The botanical side

 

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of man has need of stored up energy produced by the  resonance

of two different wave-lengths of light ( red and blue ), during

photo-synthesis. Hence, the energy in plant food is the photo-

synthetic equivalent of a music chord. Whether in man or in a

plant, physiologically or abstractly, life is a melody.

 

                 An introductory course on herbal medicine for

doctors may be a good start for those who are reawakening.

This is a mere suggestion. This essay may prove to be a big

disappointment to my teachers, a headache to my peers and a

piece of fantasy to my colleagues. For me, school may be hard but

it is a lot easier than growing up. And we comphrehend little. How

could a part hear the Whole or a Note, the Melody ?

 

            " In your explorations of the realms of Science, for

undiscovered truths, and unknown and untried agents, seek not

for potent poisons, but stop and examine the simple plant under

your feet, for in it wonderful curative properties may be found. "

 

                   - L.Stanton, PD & D.E. Smith ,MD   Presented at the

Annual Meeting of the Eclectic Medical Society, June 12 1887

 

   References:

 

           1. Louise Tenny

              Today's Herbal Health

              Woodlands 1983

 

           2. J.V. Cerney A.B., D.M. , D.P.M

               Handbook of Unusual and unorthodox

               Healing Methods ( Reward Edition 1977 )

               Parker Publishing Company, Inc,

               West Hyack, New York

 

          3. M.Q. Garten, D.O.  

              The secrets of a Naturopathic Doctor

                  ( Reward Edition 1976 )

              Parker Publishing  Company, Inc.

 

 

Acknowledgement;

I extend my heart-felt thanks to all those supportive Companies

that had supplied me herbal nutriceuticals for research

in remote regions when I most needed them.I thank

fellow Homeopaths, the world over, in particular Professor Dr. Nik Omar from Kota Baru, Kelantan, Malaysia  for their kind and humane gesture, in deeds (supplies) and writings (books) when I most needed them when I was in attendance of Mother Nature's tutorials on the Homeopathic Principle, at the fringes of the Malaysian Rainforests, which the Master, Dr. Hahnemann, in the 6th edition of " Organon of Medicine "

described as VITAL ENERGY. 

 

I thank PathLab ( Malaysia ) for the supply and delivery of nutriceuticals. I reciprocated this kind gesture when I

worked for a year as the medical officer in Century Medical

center,for examination of foreign workers, Kuala lumpur, Malaysia,after my sojourn in Southern Malaysia. And

many thanks to 21st Century, Drug House of Austrialia,for the many herbal samples. I fed guppies and local fishes

with the chlorella and spirulina samples supplied. You

are pioneers. To-day, these phytonutrients are incorporated in  petfish food. Mother nature nutures

all her creations. 

          

 

   

 

 

Dr.FHLew
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Handphone : 0176963793