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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 [email protected])

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    nagesh kini

    7 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.

    The God Particle: Unscientific Claims?

    The CERN scientists tried to pull a long one on the gullible public by declaring that the God particle that they claim to have found would tell us about the origin of this world! This is an unscientific claim, to say the least
    “The God Particle” because the particle is “so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive,” a second reason was because “the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing”—Lederman

    There is so much excitement at CERN centre about their having got the Higg’s Boson in their experiment. Obviously they have to succeed as they have sunk billions of dollars in their experiments to find the basic building blocks of our universe. Hurray! They tell us that they are 99.999% sure! Why not 100%, though is a million dollar question? The obliging media has gone to town already saying that the particle, which was originally called the Goddamn particle as the originator of this concept was an atheist. Peter Ware Higgs was a theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Edinburgh University. He was the one who gave the electroweak theory of mass for particles, in the 1960s especially of the W-Z Bosons, the most sought after particle in particle physics. American Nobel Laureate physicist, Leon Lederman coined the word “God particle” as his publisher did not like Goddamn particle of his choice.

    Human consciousness talks about a collective expectation effect on some of these experiments where hundreds of minds intensely want to achieve the goal. Intention positivity is a known entity. The researchers have not seen the particle at all as the particles cannot be seen. They are talking about statistical circumstantial evidence of the God particle in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider where trillions of particles are colliding with one another. They are talking about raising the statistical possibility to five Sigma level of probability. That is not the same as seeing the particle. Carl Sagan wrote that “at the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes—openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre and counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless sceptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from nonsense.”

    The next stumbling block would be to prove that the particle that they claim to have seen IS the God particle that they have promised to us. The collision of those particles have released enormous amount of energy in the CERN collider. If the particle releases energy then this particle cannot be the God particle, the building block of the universe. The God particle cannot lose energy. It has to stabilize the world. If, as they have shown in their experiment, their particle, which they claim is the God particle, has released so much energy it could not be the building block of our universe. In that case our world would have been destroyed millions of years ago. The universe has survived eight billion years so far. Therefore any particle to qualify to be the building block should be indestructible. Does the particle they claim to have found in the CERN reactor remain the same in mass and structure after releasing so much of energy? This does not seem likely. The CERN experiment has shown release of that kind of energy.

    Now that we know that energy is just the vibrations of matter; the two are inseparable. In addition, all the energy that science knows today is just about 5% of matter. The large 95% is unknown to us. In this scenario any particle like the one they think as the fundamental building block could not be confirmed. All that we know of stars, galaxies and planets constitute just about 5% of matter. Where is the other matter?

    The CERN scientists also tried to pull a long one on the gullible public by declaring that the God particle that they claim to have found would tell us about the origin of this world! This is an unscientific claim, to say the least. Clearly the road to find the fundamental building block of this universe is not going to be easy, if not impossible. The CERN route definitely is not the correct one as of now. Hawking’s predictions seem to be coming true that the God particle would never be found. One could always take shelter under the fact that Hawking as a cosmologist is only dealing with large things like the universe, while the particle physicists deal with subatomic particles that are so small that one of them can never comfortably talk about the other.

    The right route would, perhaps be, to define energy as motion of particles. The two are inseparable. In that case the fundamental blocks, called the superstrings, with its nested generalised fractal structure, should be indestructible. Otherwise, our universe would perish sooner than later. All these and more could be incorporated into the Grand Unified Theory. However, not finding the God particle might be sad for Peter Higgs, as without that theoretical particle there will be no weight for mass. Particles would then be flying around at the speed of light. In fact, years ago when Stephen Hawking predicted that the God particle will never be found, Higgs was very much upset and he is said to have written an article criticizing Hawking in The Scotsman. Normally Higgs was always polite and gentlemanly but he seems to have been so much upset that he directly attacked Hawking in his article.

    In this whole drama the thing we Indians could enjoy most is the rejuvenation of the word BOSON, named after Satyendranath Bose FRS, Padma Vibhushana, who was given the credit by a good friend and a contemporary physicist, Paul Dirac. Bose was a mathematical physicist who helped to develop the Bose-Einstein Statistics and the Bose-Einstein Condensate. Paul Dirac, a British physicist, named the particles which obeyed the Bose-Einstein statistics as Bosons. Those days Quantum kitchen helped the particle physicists to pull out hundreds of particles which remind one of the way a magician pulls out rabbits from his hat. That era has passed. The particle-wave confusion could be put to rest now for good. Has the much awaited God particle also succumbed to the famous Uncertainty Principle of Werner Heisenberg? Time only will tell us the truth. Any truth that science claims to find can only be A truth and never THE truth. Is God playing dice with the world?
    “Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal”—George Bernard Shaw

    (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 the 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].)

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    Madhur Kotharay

    8 years ago

    It is amazing that a person as learned and distinguished as Prof Hegde writes such an omnibus article about a subject far away from his own medical field.

    Since you cannot 'see' a particle, you look for its 'signature', just as we cannot see air but see its 'signature' in wind. Since a similar signature could be seen with another type of particle collision, you can not be 100% sure of your results. With small number of collisions studied at CERN so far, the statistical significance is low. Dr Hegde should know that: Whether clopidogrel is better than aspirin in preventing blood clots cannot be proven 100%, it can only be proven to 3-sigmas (3 in 1000 chance of being wrong) or more. So why blast CERN for the lack of 5-sigma confirmation?

    Prof Hegde says, "if a particle decays, it cannot be a building block of universe". Higgs Boson is the lowest excitation of Higgs Field, which confers gravity to the universe. Higgs Field doesn’t decay and helps the universe get a big building block: gravity. Yes, the use of the word 'exists' has been incorrect; it should have been ‘ever existed’. If Higgs Boson never 'existed', the universe would not exist as we know it today.

    One could go to Wikipedia, type "Higgs Boson" and read the article to get the answers to all these queries that Prof Hegde poses. It would have been nice if the learned professor had restricted his article on extravagance and hype of the discovery; commenting on CERN's scientific methodology is too bold a claim.


    8 years ago

    Well, this is a curious essay. At least the author takes an interest in reality. And the name "God particle" is definitely dumb. Though perhaps "Higgs boson" is too humble.

    It's actually the Higgs *field* which is more important. Nuclear decay is caused by three particles, W+, W-, and Z, and without the Higgs field they would be just like photons, but the Higgs field gives them mass. The Higgs boson that we see is actually the left-over part of the Higgs field! So it's even less important than you might think.

    One thing that is different about the Higgs field is that it has a nonzero energy density throughout all space. The other fields aren't like that; when they are at rest, they have no energy, but the Higgs field has energy when it is at rest. It is an unusual property.

    The other significant feature of the discovery is that they found the mass of the Higgs boson. This is an important clue to the deeper details of everything in particle physics.

    So I agree that the hype is excessive, but the Higgs boson is still part of a larger pattern, and it's the larger pattern which is profound.

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