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Humility, the Best Medicine

A patient can survive without doctors but a doctor cannot survive without patients

 
Vidya dadhaathi vinayaha” is an old saying in the ancient Sankhya School of Indian philosophy. It means true education bestows humility on the educated. I congratulate Fiona Godlee, the editor of the leading medical weekly, the British Medical Journal (BMJ), for her editorial on humility (17 July 2015). The so-called ‘modern medicine’ had been arrogant in claiming that it alone is scientific and the rest of the healing systems in the world are all unscientific. The American Homeopathy Association was started in the early part of the 19th century by disgruntled doctors of medicine (MDs) who were shocked by the cruel treatment methods in their own system. When homeopaths started making money, others in the older system started the American Medical Association (AMA), half a century later. When asked why they started AMA, the answer was: “The homeopaths came to our area and made money so we want to get back our turf to make money.” Science was not in the picture.
 
Advances in quantum physics have shown how fallacious our modern medical reductionist science is. It is a statistical non-science. One example will suffice: Consciousness is fundamental in physics now. All matter is derived from consciousness. Human mind is not a product of the human brain. Psychiatric drugs, therefore, end up damaging the human brain but do very little to the human mind. Two important studies have shown that dementia is a drug-induced crime on mankind.
 
While we condemn homeopathy as a placebo, we should also look at our own reductionist chemical drugs. All of them also work like placebos because they are rejected by the human system as foreign poison. Cancer research is another area which a double Nobel Laureate, Linus Pauling, called the biggest fraud. Animal studies, which gave lots of hope, did not translate into patient benefit. Now, quantum physics shows that animal consciousness interacts with the researchers’ consciousness in any experiment and cannot be extrapolated to human patients! If our patients survive in spite of us doctors, we take the credit. When they die, we blame their delay in seeking help from us. We still fool ourselves about our omnipotence. 
 
Yes, even a placebo can have side-effects: when the placebo, as in many of our placebo trials, contains a drug. If the placebo is innocuous, it cannot have side-effects. Another imaginary claim against homeopathy is that one cannot detect any chemical molecule in homeopathic drugs. Naturally, because all homeopathic drugs are in nano and piko forms and cannot be detected by conventional science. Additionally, we now know that many drugs in very tiny doses are bio-positive while they could become bio-negative in larger doses, the process called Hormesis. Hormesis works with homeopathic drugs. Let us not forget that homeopathy gave us one of our great drugs—isosorbide dinitrate—which has been used for more than 350 years in modern medicine: it is still useful to keep the small coronary vessels open. 
 
Let us not forget also that a patient can survive without doctors but a doctor cannot survive without patients. Before all patients leave us to go elsewhere, let us set our glass house in order and not throw stones at others! The medical establishment has become the leading cause of patient death and disability (JAMA 2000; 284: 483-485). Fiona’s suggestion about humility is an excellent one. In fact, future sickness care has to depend on modern medical quick-fixes for all times to come, but a judicious mix of other scientifically authenticated complementary systems would be nice. Homeopathy-bashing, a fashion these days, should stop for the good of mankind’s future. There is so much bad in modern medicine and so much good in homeopathy that neither has any right to criticise the other. 
 
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)

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Meenal Mamdani

2 years ago

Dr. Hegde makes some valid observations. Unfortunately he overstates his case. He abhors the mechanistic practice of medicine, and rightly so as it is a disgrace.
But then he makes some untenable claims. Would he really like us to revert to faith healing, sadhus and swamis to manage our medical ailments because modern medicine has become too materialistic? I doubt it. He needs to come up with specific instances where modern medicine hurts and the age old remedies are superior.

Capitol Case: Robert Freeman’s Enduring Fight Against Government Secrecy
Freeman, the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, reflects on seven governors and their records for transparency
 
Robert Freeman has been helping people extract public information from New York state agencies for four decades. He is the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, a division of the New York Department of State that advises the public on the Freedom of Information Law — the state statute authorizing access to public records.
 
While Freeman gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo credit for making a substantial amount of state data available online, he says the administration has been slower and more difficult than any previous administration in responding to formal Freedom of Information requests. 
 
Several ProPublica reporters have recently experienced delays and resistance from New York state agencies in responding to such requests. Joaquin Sapien has spent the last several weeks reporting on violent crimes perpetrated by youngsters living in group homes throughout New York City. Last week, he received a response to a request for inspections of the homes and enforcement actions made against their operators from the Office of Child and Family Services. The response came two weeks past the 20-day-deadline and said the agency needed an additional 75 business days to fulfill the request. 
 
Meanwhile, ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell has fought a three-year legal battle with the New York Police Department trying to obtain records on the department’s use of X-ray surveillance machines. 
 
Freeman agreed to participate in a Q&A with Sapien. In it, Freeman, 68, draws on his experience working under seven different governors to speak to such delays in the release of public information and their underlying causes.
 
The transcript of the Q&A has been edited for clarity and space. (Listen to the full interview below or on SoundCloud.)
 
 
 
Courtesy: ProPublica

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Robert Vadra will definitely be caught: BJP Lok Sabha chief whip Meghwal

Meghwal has been leading the party's fight against Robert Vadra's land deals and is confident that Vadra will be nailed in what has come to be known as the Bikaner land deal case

 

The Robert Vadra land deal “cases” will be brought to their "logical conclusion and justice done in each case without any fear or pressure from any quarter", promises BJP’s Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Arjun Ram Meghwal, who has been persistently pursuing the allegedly illegal land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law for the past three years.
 
Meghwal, the only Lok Sabha MP to cycle to parliament, also said that the BJP would do everything to "bring out the truth" behind former IPL chief Lalit Modi’s "links with Congress leaders". 
 
Meghwal has been leading the party's fight against Robert Vadra's land deals and is confident that Vadra will be nailed in what has come to be known as the Bikaner land deal case.
 
"Enquiries are already going on against Vadra's land deals in Bikaner, Haryana and Delhi. There is a Land Ceiling Act in Rajasthan and, when an ordinary person violates it, he faces action from law authorities. Vadra and his companies have openly violated the Act. We will take this issue to its logical end. I am confident that in the Bikaner land deal, Vadra will definitely be caught," Meghwal told IANS in an interview.
 
Initially a weaver, Meghwal, 62, went on to become an IAS officer and then a Member of Parliament from Bikaner.
 
On the Lalit Modi case, Meghwal said: "BJP will take the Lalit Modi issue further. We will bring the facts into the public domain about how many Congress leaders have relations with Modi," Meghwal said.
 
He also said that the previous UPA government's decision to launch Enforcement Directorate action against Lalit Modi was done with "bad intention" and the Modi government would "prove this point at a proper time".
 
"P. Chidambaram’s (former finance minister) letters to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer on Lalit Modi was written with bad intentions," he said.
 
"We will take this issue to its logical end," he added.
 
Modi is embroiled in a row over alleged financial irregularities when he was the Indian Premier League commissioner. The Enforcement Directorate has built up a case against him. The government had also cancelled his passport. He is living in UK since 2010.
 
On the ongoing logjam in parliament, Meghwal accused the Congress party of playing petty politics, saying "they are trying to regain their lost ground by raising an issue which is a non-issue."
 
"Congress' behaviour in this session was totally different. To regain their lost ground they are using the platform of parliament and shying away from debate," he said.
 
Defending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over her links with Lalit Modi, Meghwal said, "Sushmaji helped an Indian woman who has been suffering from cancer. What she did was with good intentions."
 
He also defended Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers Vaundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
 
He said Raje has done nothing illegal or immoral whereas Chouhan himself is a whistle blower in Vyapam scam.
 
The Congress, supported by some other opposition parties, has been demanding the resignations of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje over their association with Lalit Modi, while Shivraj Singh Chouhan is embroiled in the Vyapam recruitment scam controversy.
 

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rihanahmad

2 years ago

This gentleman is too biased to comment on subjects / topics that his own party is embroiled in . I find it funny that people who are being blamed of doing alleged acts of omission and commission + criminality, are giving themselves a clean chit . It is like auditing yr own accounts .

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