A World without Medicines
The world without (reductionist) medicines will be a boon to mankind. Take a look at the example of cholesterol-reducing drugs
“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”— James Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
The latest Reader’s Digest has an article with the above-mentioned title where the author seems to be frightened of a future world without medicines, as drug companies will no longer be interested to make good drugs if the rules allow medicines to be manufactured and sold with generic names. Generic drugs remove the present day power of the pharma lobby to sell the same medicines with their patent for anywhere between 1,000-5,000 times the cost! I pity the author, Catherine Kane; obviously, she is a non-medical person and looks like an agent of the pharmaceutical corporate monstrosity. 
I, as a doctor and medical teacher with more than half a century of experience, am daily praying for a world without reductionist chemical medicines for the good of mankind. The leading cause of death, today, seems to be the infamous adverse drug reactions of those reductionist molecules.
Most, if not all, diseases begin in the human mind as that is the only reality in this world of biocentrism. This world is created by our consciousness. In this context, there is no room for reductionist thinking. “Positive sciences do not answer the question ‘why’,” wrote Nobel Laureate physiologist Charles Sherrington. They can only answer ‘how’? 
Let us take a common example of that ghost—cholesterol—as a disease. If your cholesterol goes up, no one asks or answers the question: Why does our body cholesterol go up while it is being manufactured in our liver for our own survival? We have a limited reductionist thinking—cholesterol is up; it needs to be brought down! We create drugs—one of the best money-spinners—which create misery with their side-effects.
Cholesterol has many functions in the body. Trillions of cells in our body have their cell membrane made up of cholesterol. Billions of cells age and die everyday and billions of new ones are replaced, needing lots of cholesterol for good health. 
Cholesterol is needed to manufacture steroids, or cortisone-like hormones, including vitamin D and the sex hormones testosterone, oestrogen and cortisone. This, in turn, controls  myriad  bodily functions. Bile acids are manufactured in the liver with the help of cholesterol. Bile acids are essential for digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. 
Cholesterol is also needed for the formation of the myelin sheath, a neuron consisting of fat-containing cells that insulate the axon from electrical activity. This ensures proper function of our brains by aiding the route of electrical impulses. The absence of cholesterol might lead to loss of memory and difficulty in focusing. Cells cannot talk to each other without the help of cholesterol. Such a vital substance, 80% of which is produced in our own liver, cannot be lowered forcefully by drugs without serious collateral damage.
Looking holistically, the body produces excess cholesterol only when it needs it badly! When one needs more steroids, bile acids, myelin and cortisol, the liver pours in more cholesterol into the circulation. Steroids and cortisol go up, when one is in the fright-flight-fight mode! Anger, jealousy, fear, greed, hostility, pride and superego produce the fight-fright-flight state. The latter is needed in a dangerous situation like when you see a tiger in a forest to run away, but not on a chronic basis. 
If one is in that dangerous mode, on a daily basis, cholesterol goes up seriously. Similarly, overeating, especially fatty food and fatty meat, demands more bile acids for digestion and the liver responds by producing extra cholesterol to assist in the making of fatty acids in the liver. Sedentary living does not encourage cholesterol catabolism either. 
When the question ‘why does the cholesterol go up in the first place’ is viewed with  holistic glasses, the foolish (reductionist) need for drugs to lower cholesterol disappears. All that one needs to do is to get into the parasympathetic mode in daily life with Yoga, praanayaama, daily exercise and moderation in eating which, together, would eventually obviate the need for high cholesterol production in the liver. 
One can see the double-whammy here. The extra work for the liver to manufacture extra cholesterol for the body’s needs in the fight-flight-fright mode is removed saving the liver from chronic damage while the need for the deadly anti-cholesterol drugs disappears totally. One can, at the same time, enjoy a proper meal like any one else as long as one remains within limits. No need to shun any food, including fats in moderation. The immune system, the body’s inner healer, works wonders in every situation where the body physiology goes astray as long as we live sensibly in tune with nature.
The world without (reductionist) medicines will be a boon to mankind. Herbal medicines are good, in the unlikely event that the immune system needs assistance. The greedy drug lobby could explore that area for making their living in peace while providing good herbal medicines produced with good manufacturing practice!




2 years ago

I was thinking that Cholesterol as a dangerous one for humans, but now I understand it as Nature Gift for humans, doing a wonderful function. All said done, Exercise, Walking .. Most relevant for each and everyone. Dr.Hedge brought out beautifully.


2 years ago

Good article relevant modern world.


2 years ago

Another great article highlighting the importance for bodies natural healing processes and adverse impact of additional chemical interventions.

Simple Indian

2 years ago

A very insightful article by Dr. Hegde. Didn't know cholesterol is so important for body, as modern medical fraternity seems to have given it a bad name, just to boost sale of medicines to 'control' cholesterol (though there are two types of them, one believed to be good-HDL, and one bad-LDL).
Yes, eating in moderation, considering what suits one's health/metabolism is important. Eating the right food and in moderation is important, rather than blaming food for our ill-health. It would indeed be a dream if we could live in a medicine-free world.

Pramod Bhave

2 years ago

This article has put the trditional villon the colestrol in an entirely different light.Thankd to Dr Hegade

Rajenra Muley

2 years ago

Excellent article. Explained in so simple manner to be understood by a layman.
The information needs very very wide publicity for the benefit of mankind.

Ramesh Poapt

2 years ago

Thanx DrHegde! Pl continue to present such articles. I didnt find much from your side in recent period,hence I had to request ML b4 few days. excellent!! Sir, can you please guide on how to get rid of danger- free radicals and science behind it please?


2 years ago

It is like Government. We need less medicines and more healing. It is extremely doubtful whether all the medication unleashed on the World has made it a safer and healthier place. Apart from pain management, preventive medicine and cases such as dentistry and orthopaedics where the body's natural healing process needs more help, the rest is like the DRDO and the Governance and Courts of India. Intended solely to provide unaccountable employment and lavish life styles to the corrupt and the incompetent. I am all for minimalism. I feel that the Princely State of Mysore had better and more effective hospital, doctors and health care that has been progressively commercialized and degraded to the sole benefit of the Neta-Babus.

Rajeev Juneja

2 years ago

One of the best easily understood articles on cholestrol in the human body: Excellent awakening...

NDTV's company secretary & compliance officer resigns!

NDTV did not disclose Rs450 crore tax notice to exchanges and argued that the matter was “sub-judice” and that it has received a stay. Was this the reason for the resignation of its compliance officer?

Prannoy Roy-led New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), which did not disclose the Rs450 crore demand notice it received from the Income Tax department to bourses on Monday said, its company secretary and compliance officer has resigned.

In a regulatory filing, NDTV said, "Anoop Singh Juneja has resigned from the services of the Company. The Company has accepted his resignation and relieved him of his responsibilities w.e.f. 31 May 2014."

As pointed out by Moneylife last week, the company argued with BSE and National Stock Exchange (NSE), that the demand notice was "without any basis or justification and contrary to provisions of Income Tax Act, 1961 and had resulted only due to erroneous and incorrect view taken by the tax department". Hence, it saw it fit not to disclose anything about it.

Although all listed companies are mandated to provide every piece of  information relating with them through regulatory filings, NDTV had said, "it was felt that the disclosure of these events in isolation, without any reference to the steps proposed to be taken by the Company, was not desirable. In the event of ongoing proceedings before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), where a stay has been granted by ITAT, the claim made by the tax department cannot be deemed as an enforceable tax demand against NDTV due and payable by it. The demand has resulted only due to erroneous and incorrect view taken by the tax department."

As per the listing agreement, companies are required to submit documents like annual reports, shareholding pattern data, quarterly and full-year financial results, as also corporate governance compliance reports within stipulated time periods.

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HSBC India manufacturing PMI in May inches up to 51.4

During May, inflation was a mixed bag, with input prices easing and output prices rising, therefore RBI is likely to retain its hawkish stance on Tuesday, but may pause for more clarity on inflation risks, says HSBC

Led by higher order flows from both domestic and external sources, the HSBC India's manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) improved marginally in May at 51.4 points compared with 51.3 in April.


However, output was unchanged at 51.7 points due to power shortages that forced firms to accumulate backlogs at a faster pace.


New export orders also bounced in May (53.7 vs. 53.0 in April), which also helped employment pick up slightly (50.6 vs. 50.2 in April) in light of strengthening order flows, HSBC said in a release.


In May, the quantity of purchases (51.8 vs. 53.0 in April) was weaker, despite the improvement in order flows. Meanwhile, stocks of purchases (49.9 vs. 52.1 in April) were drawn down and stocks of finished goods (51.0 vs. 52.7 in April) accumulated at a slower pace.


“Inflation was a mixed bag, with input prices easing and output prices rising. The outlook for inflation is complicated by risks from El Nino and possible pro-growth policies from the new government. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to retain its hawkish stance on Tuesday, but may pause for more clarity on inflation risks,” HSBC said in a statement.


Overall, retail level inflation is far too high for comfort and the outlook remains challenging. Potentially weak rainfall due to El Nino could push up food inflation. Moreover, if the government decides to loosen its purse strings and follow a pro-growth strategy, it could fan inflation further. The RBI, therefore, is likely to remain on hold in June, waiting for more clarity.


HSBC further said that manufacturing momentum may be more or less stable, but it is stuck at a relatively depressed level. Incrementally, demand may be strengthening from both external and domestic sources. However, capacity constraints in the economy including from energy shortages are hampering growth.


With last month's election result, momentum should tick up in the coming months as previously pent-up consumer and investment spending starts flowing again. Still, risks linger, including potentially poor rainfall in the coming months.


Encouragingly, input price pressures eased further, but with output prices still rising the RBI will remain vigilant, the release added.


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