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Secrets of healthy living in a hostile world

We need to bring about the beneficial remedies in modern medicine into medical care that is inexpensive, safe and effective. But vested interests in modern medicine are scuttling every effort with an old but effective whip “there is no evidence base”

“The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men”— JC & AW Hare

When one ponders over the multitude of risk factors in and around us in this hostile world, one wonders as to how we are alive at all. Medical claptrap informs us day in and day out about the multitude of potions—chemical drugs, surgeries, special foods, tonics, etc to keep us alive. The truth is that most, if not all, of those heavily advertised items damage the system further than helping us. The truth is that there is a very complicated, yet simple system inside each of the one hundred thousand billion cells inside the human body to compute all the internal and external inputs through multiple sources to eventually put in place two fascinating energy systems, a low energy and high energy systems, to keep us going.  

Let us first examine this nature’s computer inside every cell which existed for nearly a billion and half years before the first nerves ever appeared in a jellyfish. It took another half a billion years for cranial nerves and brain to appear in organisms including man. The myth that the brain and the nervous systems alone keep us going has to give place to a more holistic view that there are many other important systems that help keep man alive. Then we will progress further in our understanding of human physiology and pathology. Life is a complicated system of individual cell functions in the body in an interdependent manner to keep us alive and healthy. If the ten thousand odd proteins that are present inside each one of the trillions of cells in our bodies do not work well we will have disease states. For recovery from any illness, body cells will have to function normally again.  

Our approach in the “so-called” evidence based modern medicine is to try and correct those changes (not knowing what they are) in disease states using chemicals or surgery. As a quick-fix, apparently, they help some people some times but all of them damage some part of the human system almost always, sometimes as late as five years after the event. One good example is a painkiller trasylol which is now known to kill the recipient as late as five years after he/she had it! What happened to another pain killer wyoxx is now common knowledge. These measures have now resulted in considerable misery for mankind. To quote the most authentic scientific body of the USA: “The National Academy’s data attributes 100,000 deaths per year to physicians’ errors, added to well over 100,000 deaths due to severe drug interactions and another 100,000 fatalities from hospital-based-infections. (For a detailed analysis, see Death By Medicine, by Gary S Null, et a)”. This is from a country with less than one-third the population of India. Thank God, we do not have statistics like this for India. 

What is the remedy? We must get to know the true physiology of cell function and try and see how we could restore that in the unlikely event of disease in a more natural way rather than inflicting chemical and surgical damage to the cells where possible. The fruitless research of modern medicine is based on statistical science and not true hard science. The “failure of millions of dollars spent on AIDS vaccine, failure of interferon as a wonder drug for cancer management with the latter still eluding a cure despite billions being wasted on cancer research and cancer screening (the latter has been shown to be useless and dangerous), and the ravages caused by drugs like Thalidomide and Thorazine,” are there for all of us to see. Reports are pouring in now to show that Thalidomide was used in pregnant women in New Zealand those days as guinea pigs for testing the drug, resulting in many monsters being born there.

We need to arrange an urgent marriage between the beneficial remedies in modern medicine “like the excellent emergency care methods, brilliant surgical successes, time tested and harmless pharmaceuticals as also the newer life style changes” with the best and scientifically authenticated multitude of methods in many other systems of medicine into a judicious integrated system of medical care that is inexpensive, safe and effective under all circumstances. Unfortunately, the vested interests in modern medicine are scuttling every effort in this field by hitting those efforts with an old but, effective whip “there is no evidence base” in other systems of medical care. This is the biggest lie in the world.  

Let us examine how we can use natural methods to get the damaged cells back to normalcy. The ten thousand odd proteins in each cell are functionally better than our supercomputers. They have two energy systems—the Low energy system and the High energy system. Initially, the proteins process all the information they collect from the body as also the outside world into a low energy information system which primes the other proteins to a high energy functional system that could power the body as a whole. In this milieu there are certain specific proteins that do the directing or chaperoning job very effectively. One such chaperone protein is the Heat Shock Protein, HSP 70. It is otherwise called Stress Responsive Protein (SRP 70) as it responds to every kind of stress in the cells.

The HSP 70 protein is supervised by the HSP 70 gene. HSP 70 protein could be re-primed by heating the cell to 47 degree centigrade but, that can never be done in the human body. The other method is to use some kind of natural energy to do the job. In health the cell uses the energy coming from the main source, sunlight, as also the magnetic energy generated by lightening throwing a halo of Schuman energy field around the earth. (Schumann effect) Since all proteins are but carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen as in the DNA along with amino-acids that come from food. The electromagnetic energy used by the cell proteins which is then transduced to fire the mitochondria inside every cell to produce energy needed for life. 

Glen Gordon was one of NIH’s brilliant young scientists, 4th in hierarchy at one stage. He was a pioneer in this field of trying to regenerate the damaged (ischaemic) cells back to normal. This made the American Medical Association to file a law suit against him, which did not materialize at the end. He lost his entire grant support, though. He would not relent. He has come up with a small Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) generator powered by a battery to stimulate and up-regulate the depressed HSP 70 protein and thereby regenerate the cells again. My own initial enthusiasm with this toy of his is exciting. This is not the right forum to disclose such serious research data as it has to be done through a recognized scientific publication. Nonetheless, the results are an opening for us to look more deeply into many such natural methods of making the sick cells (individuals) to regain their strength and health without any long-term detriment to the owner in the bargain. 

The marriage between the best in both worlds, as suggested above, is our only solution in this dangerous state in which modern medical claptrap and statistical science have landed us. We need a holistic approach to human, nay, all problems of this world. 

 “And all the loveliest things there be

Come simply, so it seems to me”— Edna St. Vincent Millay


(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & 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 hegdebm@gmail.com)



nagesh kini

5 years ago

The great doctor's idea of bringing about the marriage between the best is both is the "lovliest thing" to use his last quote. His quotes are really apt!
Having audited statutory as well as Pharmaceutical Price Contol Order costs certification audits of major MNC Pharma majors as well as domestic cos, I can confirm that Dr. Hegde is bang on.
The GOI has an Ayush - Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy - policy at the Union Health ministry, but none of their treatment is accepted by the IRDA for Mediclaim. This lacuna needs to be plugged, it can bring down medical treatment costs considerably.

Lance Armstrong says won't fight doping charges of USADA

The International Cycling Union is expected to make an announcement of its stance on Friday. So far it had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority to strip his unparalleled seven Tour de France titles

Austin (Texas): The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) says it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unparalleled seven Tour de France titles after he declared that he would stop fighting the drug charges the organization had laid, reports PTI.


Yesterday's announcement by Armstrong that he would no longer contest the charges put at risk his legacy as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.


He insisted the decision was not an admission of doping but prompted by weariness with the prolonged legal dispute.


Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would have a lifetime ban imposed today as well as having the Tour titles stripped. Armstrong asserted that USADA had no authority to take away his Tour titles.


The sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), was expected to make an announcement of its stance on Friday. So far it had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority.


Tygart said UCI was "bound to recognize our decision and impose it" as a signer of the World Anti-Doping Code. "They have no choice but to strip the titles under the code," he said.


World Anti-Doping Authority president John Fahey told The Associated Press today that he was confident USADA acted properly and "they now have the right to apply a penalty that will be recognized by all WADA code countries around the world."


Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA's arbitration process -- his last option -- because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.


He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles stretching from1999-2005.


"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."


Landis' emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.


USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.


"There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors," Armstrong said.


Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency's pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.


"USADA's conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives," such as politics or publicity, US District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.


Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: He has quit before a fight is over.


"Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities," Armstrong said.


Armstrong could have pressed his innocence in USADA's arbitration process, but the cyclist has said he believes most people have already made up their minds about whether he's a fraud or a persecuted hero.


It was a stunning move for an athlete who built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling offseason workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees.


Although he had already been crowned a world champion and won individual stages at the Tour de France, Armstrong was still relatively unknown in the U.S. until he won the epic race for the first time in 1999.


It was the ultimate comeback tale: When diagnosed with cancer, doctors had given him less than a 50 percent chance of survival before surgery and brutal cycles of chemotherapy saved his life.


Armstrong's riveting victories, his work for cancer awareness and his gossip-page romances with rocker Sheryl Crow, fashion designer Tory Burch and actress Kate Hudson made him a figure who transcended sports.


His dominance of the Tour de France elevated the sport's popularity in America to unprecedented levels.


His story and success helped sell millions of the "Livestrong" plastic yellow wrist bracelets, and enabled him to enlist lawmakers and global policymakers to promote cancer awareness and research.


His Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.


Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States.


Its investigators joined US agents during the federal probe, and Tygart had dismissed Armstrong's lawsuit as an attempt at "concealing the truth."


He said the agency is motivated by one goal -- exposing cheaters in sport.


Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong's teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged.


Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn't formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.


In a sport rife with cheaters, Armstrong has been under constant suspicion since the 1990s from those who refused to believe he was a clean rider winning cycling's premier event against a field of doped-up competition.


He had tense public disputes with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, some former teammates and assistants and even Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France.


Through it all, Armstrong vigorously denied any and all hints, rumors and direct accusations he was cheating. He had the blazing personality, celebrity and personal wealth needed to fight back with legal and public relations battles to clear his name -- and he did, time after time.


Armstrong won his first Tour at a time when doping scandals had rocked the race.


He was leading the race when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine; cycling officials said he was authorized to use a small amount of a cream to treat saddle sores.


After Armstrong's second victory in 2000, French judicial officials investigated his Postal Service team for drug use.


That investigation ended with no charges, but the allegations kept coming.


Armstrong was criticized for his relationship with Ferrari, who was banned by Italian authorities over doping charges in 2002.


Former personal and team assistants accused Armstrong of having steroids in an apartment in Spain and disposing of syringes that were used for injections.


In 2004, a Dallas-based promotions company initially refused to pay him a USD 5 million bonus for winning his sixth Tour de France because it wanted to investigate allegations raised by media in Europe.


Testimony in that case included former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, saying Armstrong told doctors during his 1996 cancer treatments that he had taken a cornucopia of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.


Two books published in Europe, "LA Confidential" and "LA Official," also raised doping allegations and, in 2005, French magazine L'Equipe reported that retested urine samples from the 1999 Tour showed EPO use.


Armstrong fought every accusation with denials and, in some cases, lawsuits against the European media outlets that reported them.


But he showed signs that he was tiring of the never-ending questions. Armstrong retired (for the first time) in 2005 and almost immediately considered a comeback before deciding to stay on the sidelines, in part, because he didn't want to keep answering doping questions.


"I'm sick of this," Armstrong said in 2005. "Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there's no way I could get a fair shake -- on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs."


Three years later, Armstrong was 36 and itching to ride again. He came back to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France.


Armstrong raced in the Tour again in 2010, under the cloud of the federal criminal investigation. Early last year, he quit the sport for good, but made a brief return as a triathlete until the USADA investigation shut him down.


During his sworn testimony in the dispute over the $5 million bonus, Armstrong said he wouldn't take performance enhancing drugs because he had too much to lose.


"(The) faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. Everything I do off the bike would go away, too," Armstrong said then.


"And don't think for a second I don't understand that.


It's not about money for me. Everything. It's also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased."


Unnecessary heart procedures in US healthcare?

About 600,000 procedures are performed every year to clear coronary artery blockages. But studies show that medicine alone is as effective in patients with stable heart disease and that many procedures to clear blockages are unnecessary  

The New York Times reported this month that the US attorney’s office in Miami is investigating allegations that patients underwent unnecessary heart treatments at facilities owned by Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a 163-hospital chain. ProPublica reported new accusations that one of the nation's largest hospital chains performed more than a thousand unnecessary heart procedures grabbed headlines this week, but the practice is far from unique in US healthcare.
A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only half of 144,000 non-emergency heart catheterizations—typically the use of tiny balloons and stents to clear blocked arteries—were appropriate; 38% were ‘uncertain’ and 12% were ‘inappropriate.’
“It’s presented in the media as if it is aberrancy, when actually it's the rule,” said Dr David Brown, an interventional cardiologist and professor of medicine at SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine of the unnecessary heart procedures. “The medical system is addicted to the revenues that it generates.”
ProPublica reports that in 2011, Medicare alone spent nearly $1 billion on the procedures. While they boost revenues for doctors and hospitals, unnecessary procedures consume taxpayer money, raise insurance premiums and put patients at risk. Studies show that about 3% of patients experience serious complications.
According to the Times, an internal HCA review found unnecessary procedures being performed at several facilities, including more than 1,200 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, in Fort Pierce, Florida.
ProPublica says that HCA did not return a call for comment, but said in a statement posted on its website that there’s wide disagreement among physicians about which procedures are medically necessary and its use of stents was within the range of those at other hospitals.
The ProPublica analysis reveals that comparisons to common practice among doctors and hospitals may not be the best barometer of proper patient care. Studies show that doctors often do not adhere to best practices when they treat patients who have plaque build-up in their coronary arteries but whose condition is stable.
About 600,000 procedures are performed every year to clear coronary artery blockages, according to the American Heart Association. The procedure involves snaking a catheter through the patient's arteries and clearing the blockage with a tiny balloon and a small wire cage—the stent—that holds the artery open.
But studies show that medicine alone is as effective in patients with stable heart disease and that many procedures to clear blockages are unnecessary. Dr Brown published a review of eight studies and found “there's absolutely no evidence” for substituting stents for medical therapy in patients with stable heart disease, he said.
The American Heart Association recommends putting patients with stable heart disease on blood thinning medication before they try a stent, said the authors of a May 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet it happens in fewer than half of the cases where doctors use stents, the study found.
There is some debate about the scope of the problem, says ProPublica.


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