If this noble profession were to have this kind of ‘scientific’ base where will the poor patient look for succor? The hallo around that word, science, makes it easy for selling anything respectably under its banner
This is a book, with the above title, worth its weight in gold. The author, BV Gokhale, is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai where he got both his B Tech and M Tech degrees. He seems to have done extensive studies of the world literature on the science of coronary artery disease and its management. He has done such an exhaustive job that lesser mortals would have succeeded in presenting this as a PhD thesis! Interestingly, he has also studied an alternative therapy for coronary, nay, for all arterial blocks anywhere in the body, by way of chelation therapy.
The book basically has two parts— one of the two deals with chelation therapy and its scientific basis as shown by the available authentic randomized controlled studies on chelation therapy done at different centres all over the world. It also gives a detailed note on chelation therapy procedure, its benefits, and drawbacks as also the outcome studies following chelation therapy in various vascular diseases. Only after reading his details of chelation therapy I was wondering as to how big an ignoramus was I in that field! His revelation of the greatest fraud in cancer arena was another eye opener for me and I did some work to fish out the original Benedict Fitzgerald report to the US Senate in 1953 mentioned in Mr Gokhale’s book, which was suppressed for fifty years by the cartel and the government. The report came out only when the secrecy period was over and they had to get it exposed through the RTI Act! When the government of the land is in cahoots with the industrial cartels the poor common man suffers. That is exactly what is happening in that arena even to this day.
I do not blame the cancer specialists in the area. Their books and their teachers teach what they are practising. I have been in this area of trying to understand human wellness and illness for little over half a century. I was not aware of this conspiracy up until I read the account of it in Mr Gokhale’s book. For the last one week, after reading his book, I have been researching the area to find out how deep rooted is the conspiracy as also to find out more about the “so called” linear reductionist science of modern medicine which seems to succeed in fooling the gullible public and the media in addition to brain washing the young impressionable minds of medical students and their brilliant teachers. Medical teachers depend on their textbooks and the “peer reviewed indexed prestigious” medical journals for their continued education and their teaching purposes. In addition, they get to listen to “experts” and “thought leaders,” mostly imported by the pharma lobby from the West, who present latest data with fascinating slides and their special English accent during the conferences which are again the accepted norms, so called CME credits, for teacher accreditation for promotion, etc. Richard Smith, the celebrated editor of the famous British Medical Journal for quarter of a century, wrote in one of his recent articles in PLOS medicine that the leading journals of medicine are but the extend arms of the pharma lobby!
I shall quote two examples; there could be million such, one my own personal encounter with one such leading thought leader from Texas whose name brings on goose pimples to doctors all over as the Ace researcher on hypertension, and another one of a third-year medical student at Harvard. One of the leading Harvard professors of pharmacology was teaching students about the cholesterol lowering statins. One student in the class who had studied statins in great detail got up to ask a question which went like this. “Listening to you makes me feel that you are a part of the statin producing drug firm and not an unbiased teacher. We come to Harvard to have the best teaching which is not biased in any way and is the best that is available at that point in time. I am disappointed.”
Naturally, the student’s future was at stake as that teacher was considered one of the top researchers in his field and acclaimed to be so by his peers. The student would not leave it at that. He went on to research for the next two years about this professor and his wisdom. It was revealed that the said professor had thousands of shares in that company as also was on their payroll having received millions of dollars every year as consultancy fee, speaker assignments, and foreign travels as a research advisor! This revelation led to further research which found out that a sizeable per cent of leading US University professors were on the payroll of the industry. Most of the Ivy League universities lost their A grade in student assessment. The only university that did not have this kind of ties was Pennsylvania State University which still gets it’s A.
The other example is my personal experience. About twenty years ago I think, I was invited to Dubai to present my views against a then new drug, alpha blocker, for treating high blood pressure, by the organizers of a conference there—the Dubai Medical College for Girls. I used to be the General Medical Council of UK’s inspector for that medical college recognition; consequently, they knew about my views. Each time I visited the college I was invited to deliver a lecture. For this conference they had a great “thought leader” of America and an Ace hypertension researcher from Texas to speak for the drug. Little did I realise how “big” he was before being presented with him to speak on the dais. Luckily, his colleague from Texas knew me personally and presented me as the “only match for his University colleague, who was America’s best speaker.” That was my only solace as this ‘great’ man went on to tear every argument of mine with some wonderful (company made) slides that showed the drug as the panacea for high blood pressure. Naturally, the Arab world those days had a very high opinion of anything that was American. My considered view, presented with all my capabilities, that this dangerous drug could damage the heart in the long run, did not curry favour even with the audience, leave alone my opponent. Naturally, he stole the thunder except for an English professor who made a cryptic remark at the end that the American was using company data and slides while Professor Hegde was using his own data. He added that “professor Hegde spoke like a mature teacher.” I survived by the skin of my teeth!
Exactly a year later I was at the University of Northern Colorado for a “scholar speaker” assignment. Early morning my radio alarm news was blaring the hot news of the day: “There are one million Americans on the drug, alpha blockers, for their raised blood pressure. The drug has been shown to produce heart failure in the long run. Everyone taking this drug should immediately see his/her doctor for change of the drug. They should not stop the drug on their own.” I was happy that my prediction had been proven right. I called the ‘great’ thought leader in Texas and asked him about the radio news. His answer was very short and to the point. “Now our views seem to go together. Thank you for the call.” We will quickly look at the (in) famous Fitzgerald Report 1953 in some detail.
"In the 1950s, Congressman Charles Tobey enlisted Benedict Fitzgerald, an investigator for the Interstate Commerce Commission, to investigate allegations of conspiracy and monopolistic practices on the part of orthodox medicine. This came about as the result of the son of Senator Tobey who developed cancer and was given less than two years to live by orthodox medicine. However, Tobey Jr discovered options in the alternative field, received alternative treatment and fully recovered from his cancerous condition! That is when he learned of alleged conspiratorial practices on the part of orthodox medicine. He passed the word to his father, Senator Charles Tobey, who initiated an investigation. The final report clearly indicated there was indeed a conspiracy to monopolize the medical and drug industry and to eliminate alternative options.” The Fitzgerald Report was submitted into the Congressional Record Appendix 3 August 1953.
This is what Fitzgerald wrote then: “My investigation to date should convince this committee that a conspiracy does exist to stop the free flow and use of drugs in interstate commerce which allegedly has solid therapeutic value. Public and private funds have been thrown around like confetti at a country fair to close up and destroy clinics, hospitals, and scientific research laboratories which do not conform to the viewpoint of medical associations.” Benedict F Fitzgerald, Jr, Special Counsel, US Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, 1953. (Hon. William Langer, Congressional Record, August 3, 1953, p. A 5352.)
If this noble profession were to have this kind of ‘scientific’ base where will the poor patient look for succor? God help mankind! I think Mr Gokhale’s book, which ideally must be read by all those that are literate, will open a new avenue for research in this great conspiracy arena in ‘scientific’ medical field. Intelligent people should research all those areas where unscrupulous business masquerades as ‘science.’ The hallo around that word, science, makes it easy for selling anything respectably under its banner. The new catchword is evidence-based medicine. Recently, I had to have an unpleasant experience in a TV debate on coconut oil as the best fat for man, next only to mother’s milk as the fat base of both coconut oil and mother’s milk is the vital immune booster, sodium monolaureate. Monolauric acid is found only in mother’s milk and coconut oil. The young cardiologist opposing me was lost for data to match to say that coconut oil is poison but he kept on repeating that his books and ‘guidelines’ say that coconut oil is bad! Little did he realise that all the ‘guidelines’ and books are written by company sponsored thought leaders.
(Professor Dr BM Hegde was awarded a Padma Bhushan in 2010. Prof Dr Hegde has a string of degrees to his credit like MD, PhD, FRCP (Lond, Edin, Glasg, & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, Chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for Cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prof Dr Hegde can be contacted at [email protected])
“We create capacity to make and sell cars. So if there is no demand for cars I don’t have to create that capacity," Maruti Suzuki India chairman Bhargava said.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) expects to complete land acquisition for a plant in Gujarat in a month but has no immediate plan to start construction work there, a company official said.
Maruti Suzuki India chairman R C Bhargava said they would initiate work at the Gujarat plant only when the capacity of its Manesar plant would be fully utilised. "The land acquisition process is on and we hope it will be concluded in this month. I don't think we will start work on it at least two to three years," Bhargava said on the sidelines of a seminar at Indian School of Business here. "We will need Gujarat plant when the Manesar plant capacity is fully utilised. So, that depends on how the market grows. So, I can't give a date on this," he added. The company has two facilities at Gurgaon and Manesar, both in Haryana, with a collective capacity to manufacture 1.2 million vehicles annually.
According to a senior official of the Gujarat government, the initial land requirement of MSI was indicated to be 1,000 acres. The MSI board had also given the nod to purchase of up to 1,500 acre of land in Mehsana district, Gujarat. The auto major had stated in June that along with its vendors, it could invest Rs18,000 crore in the state as it looks to manufacture nearly 20 lakh units a year in Gujarat.
"We have to see how the market goes. It takes three years to build a new plant. So, if I need to take production from Gujarat plant in 2016, then I will have to start work in 2013. "Nobody can create capacity when market does not require. We create capacity to make and sell cars. So if there is no demand for cars I don’t have to create that capacity," Bhargava said.
On the automobile industry, Bhargava said now the outlook for the industry is not bright. Maruti this year may end up less than last year's sales. "I cannot tell in terms of percentage because there are four more months to go. Let’s see how these four months to go. Chances are will be less than last year," he said. Till November this year, MSI sold 6,81,200 units down by 17.8% over last year same period. Exports declined by 24.4% to 73,783 units till November.
In the early afternoon, Maruti Suzuki India was trading at around Rs966.50 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1.95% down from the previous close.
If accepted by Uganda, this would be the second refinery of Essar Oil in Africa
Ruias-owned Essar Oil Ltd has proposed to set up a 6 million tonne refinery in Uganda even as it plans to invest $1 billion in more than doubling capacity of its Kenya refinery.
"There has been a big oil find in Uganda. To process it, they will need a refinery. We have suggested to the Ugandan government that we can set up that refinery," said L K Gupta, the new CEO and managing director of Essar Oil.
If accepted by Uganda, this would be the second refinery of Essar Oil in Africa. In July 2009, the firm had acquired 50 per cent stake in Kenya Petroleum Refinery Ltd which operates in Mombassa.
Essar has a 14 million tonne refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat and had recently acquired a 296,000 barrels per day Stanlow refinery in UK. The Mombasa refinery had a capacity of 3.7 million tonne but was operating at 1.6 million tonne only. The company plans to invest $1 billion in revamping and expanding the operating refining capacity to 4 million tonne by 2015-16. Gupta said the proposal was only at discussion stage and nothing has been finalised as yet. "We are in talks. Nothing has been firmed up yet." Detailed feasibility for the expansion would be ready by April 2012, he said, adding that the refinery is dependent on unreliable grid power which has seen 100 disruptions in past two years. A captive power plant would be set up as part of the expansion, he said. Gupta said Essar, which is expanding Vadinar capacity to 20 million tonne by next year, is looking at exporting fuel from India into Africa. Essar Petroleum (East Africa) Ltd has been set up for import of crude and products, he said.
East Africa is deficit in refining capacity and relies on imports to meet its demand.
As for Vadinar refinery, Gupta said that in the second phase its capacity would be expanded to 34 million tonne. Essar operates over 1,300 petrol pumps in India and another 300 are in various stages of commissioning, he said, adding that the company does not intend to expand its retail network aggressively unless the government deregulates diesel prices.
The company and other private retailers like Reliance Industries are unable to compete with state-owned firms like IOC who get subsidy from government for selling fuel below cost.
In the early afternoon, Essar Oil was trading at around Rs65.75 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1.94% down from the previous close.