Unlike my usual book reviews, for this one, I read a soft copy. I missed having the actual book in my hand as that plays an important role in the whole sensory perception of the book as well – quality of the pages, the real appearance of the book, etc. Hence this review will truly focus only on the content-worthiness of the book.

I will start by saying, I’ll be buying the book. It will truly be a valuable addition to anyone’s library of homeopathic books.

Dr Kavita Chandak has penned a lovely book on a topic that impacts 50% of our population – the women of the world! This is a book that will serve as a wonderful text for students of homeopathy, esp. when they need to have the knowledge of therapeutics in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. And for the regular practitioner of homeopathy, it will serve as a quick reference work, where remedies can be narrowed down easily and quickly, to suit the pace of a fast practice.

As Dr Frass wrote in his Foreword to this book, “The book covers the most important and widespread gynaecologic disorders starting from menarche to menopause.” Many women, esp. in Indian society, go through their lives, by prioritizing their families and their children, but neglect their own selves and their needs. Health issues are also often neglected and relegated to the back burner. If women were to use homeopathy for curing their issues and getting themselves into a better state of health, how much society would benefit! In homeopathy, we have a gentle means of healing at our hands – let’s use it to help this very precious and important 50% of our population to lead happy, healthy lives!

The book has a detailed description of female diseases, the Materia Medica of related medicines, description of a few modern remedies, etc; guidance about the application of Homeopathic philosophy in clinical practice (aphorism numbers are mentioned), and use of Repertory along with 33 successful case studies (by overcoming failures).

The book starts by dealing with the issues that arise at the start of womanhood – Puberty and goes on, to describe issues that could arise at every stage that follows in a woman’s life – Reproductive age, Pregnancy, Delivery and Labour, Menopause. Each group is dealt with in detail, with the possible medical conditions that could arise, their causes, the role of homeopathy for them, and then there is a brief description of the indications of the different homeopathic remedies commonly used for that condition. Dr Chandak also describes auxiliary measures that one could follow simultaneously, to help the process of cure. Clinical tips are mentioned at relevant places, which highlight the remedies which frequently are of great benefit. Rubrics are mentioned at places, where needed, esp. by homeopaths beginning their practice.

The chapter on Menopause is followed by a chapter on Cancer. More and more women fall prey to this worrisome condition and Dr Chandak has done a good job of describing the different types of cancers that affect women, along with the role of homeopathy and the homeopathic management of cancerous disease.

The next chapter is that of Case Taking and highlights the importance of individualizing all the gynaecological symptoms the patient may provide.

Potency selection, the importance of dreams and delusions, understanding the core of some important female remedies, the homeopathic gynaecology kit, rare small lesser known remedies with their indications, are other chapters that follow.

Towards the latter part of the book, are the Case Studies.  This section gives details on the thought process, analysis and evaluation, the rubric selection, remedy choice, follow ups for the cases.

Clinical Tips for female genitalia is the last chapter which is followed by an Epilogue and the extensive Bibliography Dr Chandak has used to write this beautiful book.

In ending, I will say that this is a book that will be a welcome addition to the libraries of all homeopaths.

Dr. Chandak, we look forward to more books from you!

Below, is an article/interview, with Dr Firuzi Mehta, that was published on Empire Diaries 22/7/22 – https://empirediaries.com/2022/07/22/vaccine-side-effects-doctors-observation/

Any kind of mandatory vaccination is wrong in any situation, no matter how bad the infection is or how bad an epidemic is. You cannot mandate a vaccine like it was done with Covid-19 if you don’t know how the body is going to react to that so-called medication or treatment.

Everyone’s body reacts in a different way. Everybody’s risk factors are different, depending on their health status. And different age groups have different risk statuses. For example, people with co-morbid conditions will have a different risk status than others.

We did have an infection we didn’t know much about. Everybody thought it was a very dangerous and deadly virus. And that’s why everybody rushed to create a vaccine.

But you cannot create a good vaccine in a few months’ time. It takes a very long time to make one. There’s a lot that goes into it. And all our previous vaccines have probably been tested for 7 to 11 years before being brought out. Still, they can have problems.

A vaccine that comes out in a few months’ time may have long-term effects. There are three issues: short-term effects, medium-term effects, and long-term effects. The vaccine makers seem to have focused on the short-term effects and thought it was alright to go ahead with it.

They did a trial for the vaccine for a few months, and their focus was on whether antibodies were being produced. Antibodies may have been produced. But that’s not the whole and soul thing of a vaccine.

SAFETY HAS BEEN IGNORED

What about safety? It has been completely ignored. Nobody thought about the medium-term and long-term impact of the vaccine on the body. What is this vaccine going to do to your body after a few years, or say after six to nine months?

Nobody knew and it was not tested for that long. If at all they brought it out, it should have been made very clear to the public that they have come out with a Covid vaccine, but it has been tested for only a short period of time; we don’t know its medium and long-term effects. Therefore, it is your choice if you want to take it.

There is no guarantee the vaccine will even protect you against the disease. They said that antibodies were being produced. But nobody knew how long they lasted, whether it would help against variants. What they did was they asserted that the vaccine was safe.

You inject something foreign into your body. And it’s not just a vaccine, the germ material, the spike protein, or whatever is going in, it’s also the adjuvants that go into the making of the vaccine. They are needed to make the vaccine more stable, so it will have a longer shelf-life and it will have greater immunogenicity, that is, generate a strong enough immune response, which would be unlikely without those additional chemical adjuvants. All these things contribute to the damage from the vaccine.

In the initial months of the vaccination drive, as a practising homeopath, I saw that elderly people were not getting as many side effects as the younger age group. The younger age group was getting heart attacks two to four months after the shot. Some were even getting it just a few weeks or a month after the shot.

The older age group that I saw was relatively alright, especially the 80-85 age group. Nothing seems to have happened to them. They didn’t get any reactions. But what we are seeing now is that even older people who I know were vaccinated are getting sudden heart attacks, heart failure, and arrhythmia.

YOUNG PEOPLE REACTING FASTER

According to my latest observations, what is happening is that the more fit, healthy and young you are, your immune system is more active, so the reactions to the vaccine are much faster. Young people are reacting faster to the vaccine. We have been seeing children dying. The ones who died in the 12-18 age group died very soon after the vaccination. There are heart attacks among the children in that 12-18 age group. The reactions were faster than they were with 20-40 year olds.

I haven’t seen such trends before, at least not in these numbers. Isolated incidents of young people, in the 40s or 50s, once every few years we used to hear, that somebody died due to pre-existing heart conditions. But now the numbers are too high.

We are not seeing this in unvaccinated people. We are seeing all this in vaccinated people, this trend of heart attacks and strokes among young people. Earlier, we used to consider that strokes belong to the over 70 age group, more or less. Young people are getting strokes now. This is unusual.

In my practice, what I am seeing is that the overall health of those who took the shot is suffering. Whatever conditions I was treating them for, earlier which were stable for years, that’s not the case now.

Take diverticulitis. It’s a condition that often sends people to the hospital. I am a homeopath by profession. With homeopathy, there were patients we managed to stabilize and keep out of hospital for years at a stretch. We would tackle their acute episodes, and they would not land up in hospital. But two of my patients, a few months after the vaccination, are getting frequent episodes of diverticulitis, which landed them in hospital. Definitely, the pre-existing conditions are worsening.

NEW CONDITIONS ARE COMING UP

New conditions are coming up, like people who never had vertigo before. Lots of cases of vertigo I am seeing in my practice. The age group of vertigo cases is 40-60. A lot of women in their 30s and 40s are having period issues, delayed periods, missed periods, early periods, very heavy periods, and so on. With some of them, periods are going on for 2-3 weeks at a time, and they are nowhere near menopause.

Arthritis is another issue that is coming up. I am seeing newly developing arthritis. Doctors are labelling it inflammatory arthritis. We have seen that the vaccines are triggering inflammation. People have their own predispositions genetically or ones that come down the family line. All these predispositions are getting activated by the vaccine.

People who never had these issues before are now getting strong arthritis affecting multiple joints. It’s like rheumatoid arthritis, and yet rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative, like I have seen in some patients. Some patients are testing negative but are suffering strongly from this arthritis.

No one realizes this. When I ask my patients about when they took the vaccine, only then they realize that the issues happened days or weeks after the shot. But otherwise, a lot of people are not connecting the issues to the shot.

SHAME FACTOR AT PLAY

The problem is that people are not talking about it in their friend circles and family circles. They are talking about it only with the doctors. Many people are telling me that they are not talking about vaccine-induced issues with friends for fear of being ridiculed. There is a shame factor at play. I don’t see why they should feel ashamed of talking about it. It’s not their fault.

Among other health issues flaring up, there’s Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. I know of a person who was suddenly diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob and died soon after that, within three months. Neurological diseases are developing and progressing very fast.

A lot of people didn’t want to take the Covid vaccine, but took it because of pressure from their job. A lot of teachers took it because schools mandated teachers and all the staff to get vaccinated. In my daughter’s school, I heard that a lot of teachers are facing health issues of different kinds after the shot.

A lot of people went ahead with the shot because they didn’t think it would be bad. People trusted the government. They trusted the doctors. Many doctors are also to blame for this because a lot of them told their patients to take the vaccine. Patients who had co-morbidities were told to take it.

I have a patient who came down from Singapore. Over there, he was given an exemption by a doctor because he had a family history of heart issues. That was not seen in our country. Even heart patients were told to go and take it, which was wrong.

ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

These trends are disturbing for me as a doctor because we don’t know what is ahead. I think we have seen only the tip of the iceberg. It may be possible that the neurological diseases will increase over a longer period of time. Right now, we are seeing this huge increase in heart attacks and strokes. Basically, issues with the circulatory system – clots, bleeding, and so on. But the neurological impact is just about beginning and that could increase over time.

Also, nobody knows the vaccine’s impact on fertility. All these youngsters who have had the shot, and all these children who have had it – we don’t know what will happen to their fertility over the next 10-15 years.

Pressuring people to take the shot was a complete disaster. I think it’s criminal, there is no other word for it. As a doctor, I feel this vaccine is causing some kind of overall immune damage.

Everybody is now catching Covid even after the shot. The vaccine has not protected anybody from getting Covid. I have noticed that vaccinated people are taking much longer to recover from the disease compared to unvaccinated people. Unvaccinated people are recovering in 2-4 days’ time with no lingering effects. There’s no cough, their full energy is back, and everything is back to normal.

But with the vaccinated ones, coughs are going on for 15 days, and the energy levels are down for months. Many vaccinated people have told me that they seem to have aged by several years after the shot. They say their stamina is not that good anymore. Overall, their health has taken a beating. It is of grave concern.

The weakness issue we are hearing about is happening to people generally. People are saying they are more tired now, they cannot do as much activity as they used to do earlier. The government will explain it by saying that because of the lockdown, people have had a sedentary lifestyle, and that’s why it’s happening. But being a doctor I know that’s not the case.

VACCINATING KIDS WILL BE A DISASTER

Vaccinating children is going to be the biggest disaster because we really don’t know how it is going to impact them in the long run. Let alone the increase in heart attacks and deaths from heart attacks – that’s tremendous. In my family and friends circle, I know of 16-17 people who died from heart attacks. They died out of the blue. They were relatively young. It’s a tragedy.

The mainstream media has to be blamed for this because they have been giving the public a one-sided narrative. But the public will also have to realize that what they’re seeing is a one-sided picture. That things are being hidden and suppressed.

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My patients, relatives and friends are regularly sending me messages asking about the veracity of the role of Camphora 1M or Arsenic Album 30 as preventives for COVID-19.

Regarding the message circulating about Camphora 1M, it is not a fake message, the Pune police force have been given this remedy as a preventive. Bajaj Auto with its large presence in Pune, are distributing it to their staff.

Regarding the message circulating about Arsenic Album 30, yes, it was recommended in end of January by our AYUSH ministry and the Central Council of Research in Homeopathy.
I believe that now, in middle of May, groups of homeopathic physicians are in talks with the government, regarding distributing of this remedy to the Mumbai Police Force.

Different doctors have suggested different things – how many suggestions are we going to follow?

In Pune, they’re using Camphora 1M, in Mumbai they’re planning on giving all police force Arsenic Album 30.
In Italy, Camphora did not work as preventive. In Iran it may have.

Would a remedy work as a preventive?

There is a group of about 10-12 remedies that we are finding useful to treat the Covid symptom picture. Different strains of the virus may be creating different intensities of the problem, also, the patient’s own state of health, presence or absence of co-morbidities, is very important in determining how Covid affects the person and to what extent it creates complications.

A remedy would work as a preventive on someone, if that person was going to develop that same kind of picture when affected by Covid. A remedy with a very different picture would not work.

Hence it gets difficult to say what remedy can be used as a sure-fire preventive in a large population where there are individuals of all different levels of health.

For eg., Camphora is known to be able to treat a condition where the patient is in a state of collapse, where vital functions are shutting down, etc. Hence, for those people who have a poor state of health, co-morbidities, high risk individuals, etc., it might work as a preventive IF those people were going to manifest a Camphora picture when they caught the COVID infection. On anyone else, it may not work.

Similarly, different remedies would work as preventives on different members of the population… it would be incorrect to say that one or two remedies would work as preventives for entire populations.

If and when someone were to start developing symptoms, that is the best time to start homeopathic treatment to nip the infection in the bud, which can be done, when the picture the patient develops can be matched with the corresponding remedy.

Hope this helps!

March 26th, 2012.

A few days ago, I had this interesting conversation with a patient’s son. He told me about his family’s experiences with homeopathy in the past.

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His own case – at a young age, he had developed a kind of hip joint degeneration where the doctors insisted that nothing could be done for him apart from a hip replacement. He would not be able to walk normally without a surgery since the cartilage was all gone as well. He was patched up with plates and screws and could only walk with crutches.

He visited a homeopath in Pune, a Dr. Phatak. He was an old man who examined him and looked at his XRays and gave his verdict. “Good carpentry, but that’s about it.”. The patient asked him what he could achieve since there was such major problems with the joint. The old doctor just laughed and told him, ” I am an old man. I do not know the answers to your questions. You just enjoy the sweet medicines.”

6 months later, this young man could walk normally without crutches. He visited the old doctor who was on his deathbed. When our young man walked in and stood there, an obvious testament to what Dr. Phatak’s homeopathy had achieved, the old doctor just smiled and joined his hands in the old Indian greeting. He passed away the next day.

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This young man narrated another incident where a lady had a ping-pong ball sized brain tumour. The homeopath (don’t know who) laughed and guaranteed that he’d make it vanish. And that’s exactly what happened, much to the disbelief of the allopaths.

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Such feel-good true stories and wonderful confidence is truly heart-warming.

 

Jan 21st 2014.

A controversy is raging in India at this point in time over whether homeopaths should be allowed to practice allopathy after a 1 year bridge course in Pharmacology. The Courts have given permission but the allopathic associations are up in arms against in and will probably move court against it.

In today’s Mumbai Mirror, part of The Times of India group, an article by Dr. Altaf Patel was published – Admission of Failure – this article tries to imply that homeopaths want to practice allopathy because they see the failure of alternative systems of medicine.  The article reeks of bias and hence I felt the need to respond to it. I have posted the same comments on Mumbai Mirror’s website, we shall see if the newspaper will publish a contrary view.

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With due respect to Dr. Patel’s views, I have to differ. There are several angles to this issue, hence it is inappropriate to say that failure of alternative systems of medicine make homeopaths want to practice allopathy.

I will first introduce myself by saying that I am a homeopath and proud to be one. I joined my homeopathic college (despite having the required percentage for entry to government/municipal MBBS colleges)  because I wanted to study homeopathy – I grew up with homeopathic medicines and I know what they can achieve when well-practised.  Saying that, I also know that a majority of students join homeopathic colleges because they have missed admission to MBBS colleges.

Regarding course study, homeopaths study all the subjects an MBBS student studies except Pharmacology. We have homeopathic subjects in addition – which are very detailed subjects; hence I would actually conclude that the homeopathic course is more intensive than the MBBS course. Homeopathy is a system of medicine (I refuse to call it alternative) that seeks to cure a person’s ailments from the root. Real cure; which is very different from just palliation or suppression that is the mainstay of allopathic treatment.  It is easy to mask symptoms and troubles with strong chemical drugs; bringing about an inner real resolution of health problems by safe energy medicine is much more difficult and challenging.

It is a sad fact that many homeopaths do not want to take up that challenge. It is an easy way out to practice allopathy and earn their money. It may also be reflective of the quality of homeopathic education outside larger cities. It is probable that colleges in small towns are unable to impart enough skills and knowledge to fledgling homeopaths. Since good homeopathy is difficult to practice,  this probably leaves a lot of homeopathic graduates in the lurch, unable to practice good homeopathy and hence unable to earn decent money. This makes them want the alternative of practising as allopathic GPs which is not that difficult with average pharmacology knowledge. (I am not talking about the extra skills and knowledge that a post-graduate allopath acquires after many years of dedication and hard work).

Dr. Patel writes that he does not see allopaths wanting to practise homeopathy or other systems of medicine. Again I need to differ. The founder of the homeopathic system of medicine was an allopath to start with, who quit allopathic practice because his conscience did not allow him to continue. Even today, there are plenty of allopathically qualified physicians in India and abroad who, having an open mind and a strong conscience, have chosen, voluntarily to learn and practice homeopathy because they find it a superior system of medicine to bring about true healing.  There are also plenty of allopaths who refer patients to homeopaths when they feel the need. In fact, Dr. Patel would be well-advised to contact some of them and discuss pros and cons of different systems of medicine before making biased blanket statements.

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UPDATE:

Well, they did publish it as comment on the article web page. There are some other worthy replies there –

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/columns/columnists/dr-altaf-patel/Admission-of-failure/articleshow/29124304.cms

Many ‘natural’ home remedies are cited as being cure-alls. Some work, some don’t. It is my personal belief that not everything suits everyone, but some of these home remedies may work for many people.

Here is a blog post I came across which I want to save for future reference – and what better place to save it than here where it might be of help to others too.

http://www.undergroundhealth.com/is-apple-cider-vinegar-really-a-powerful-healing-tonic-science-says-yes/

Yes, I’ve heard a lot about apple cider vinegar – I’m going to give it a try. After all, in moderation, it cannot harm and it will probably be very useful in alkalinizing the body – something that is very important for good health.

I will be happy to hear from others about their own experiences with this. I’ll put mine up too, when there’s something to report.

So here’s to Apple Cider Vinegar!

As a homeopath, I oppose the bridge course which is being contemplated for practitioners of homeopathy and other AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddhi and Homeopathy) streams. The bridge course will allow AYUSH practitioners in India to practise basic conventional medicine. Here are my thoughts on this and I write it from the point of view of homeopathy being my field of medicine:

1. We have a very effective and strong system of medicine ourselves, so why do we need to prescribe conventional medicine? In an emergency, if life-saving conventional treatment is needed (if the homeopath is not skilled or confident enough of treating it), patients can go to trained doctors in that field. The bridge course is not going to provide high-level ER training in any case.

2. It is said that the reason the government is planning this move is because there are insufficient doctors in rural areas and people living in such places have no access to healthcare. Fine. Why does rural India need conventional treatment only? Why can’t the other systems of medicine be practised there? In fact, this is a good chance to show, in comparative terms, how the other systems of medicine contribute positively to healthcare.

3. This bridge course is not going to help the cause of AYUSH. As students and young practitioners, many want to practise conventional medicine because of status and the perception of higher incomes. It is also a fact that to be a good homeopathic physician, one needs a great level of skill which only comes with hard work and constant learning. It is not as easy as prescribing ‘this for that’. Hence, this bridge course will serve as a back-door entry to conventional medicine practice and will be an escape route to avoid putting in the effort needed to be good homeopaths. Over time, this will reduce the number of skilled homeopaths and will be a dangerous matter for the future progress of our system of medicine. I presume the same would be the case for the other AYUSH streams.

4. Pharmaceutical companies will be very happy at the increase in their profits by getting lakhs of more practitioners who will prescribe their medicines.

5. As it is, conventional medicines unfortunately have loads of side effects. We regularly see patients in our practices, who come for problems and actual diseases that have arisen due to some side-effects of conventional therapy. It is possible that the AYUSH practitioner will be easily blamed for every side-effect that a patient suffers from. The side-effect will be attributed, not to the chemical drug which is actually responsible, but to a lack of skill in the AYUSH practitioner.

6. As a final point, let the Government ensure that every student receives good training and practical experience before they venture out as physicians. Let every physician develop the skill, and practise the field of medicine they were trained in. As homeopaths, let us not forget that we have the possibility of doing great things to improve the lives of our patients, bringing cure in so-many problematic chronic cases, and yes, we have the ability to be life-savers as well, if sufficiently skilled in our science. And this satisfies the soul. Isn’t it worth it?

 

In recent times, when several countries have clamped down on the rights and freedom of individuals to make choices for the health of themselves and their children, lots of articles have been circulating, accusing non-vaccinated populations for spreading diseases.

Fear-mongering is one of the easiest ways to scare a population into vaccinating. Hardly anyone questions motives or seeks data on what vaccines do or do not do.

The fact that vaccine manufacturers have been given immunity from any lawsuits resulting from vaccine damage is mind boggling. When Mc Donalds can be sued over a cup of hot coffee, vaccine maunfacturers cannot be sued for lifetime damage or even death resulting from vaccines. The US government has a VAERS program, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and data shows that millions are paid out every year for vaccine damage in cases where it has been conclusively proved that damage resulted from the vaccines. However, the government payout occurs from tax payers’ money, so the vaccine manufacturers laugh their way to the bank, with no motivation to make vaccines any safer.

Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D., came to the USA from Ukraine to pursie her education. In 2006, she defended her Ph.D. thesis in Immunology at the Rockefeller University, New York, NY. She subsequently held postdoctoral research training appointments in prominent immunology laboratories affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine.  In 2015, she became a Founding Director of Physicians for Informed Consent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination and educating the public on infectious disease and the immune system.

Dr. Obukhanych’s personal reason to start questioning vaccination programs began with her desire to gain clarity about why she ended up contracting childhood diseases for which she was fully vaccinated.  Indoctrinated to believe that the equivalence of vaccine immunity and naturally-acquired immunity has been scientifically established, Dr. Obukhanych nevertheless took a “second” look at the relevant scientific findings.  Her e-book Vaccine Illusion articulates a view that challenges mainstream assumptions and theories of lifelong vaccine immunity.

Her personal journey from disillusionment with the vaccination paradigm toward embracing the immune system care paradigm has motivated her to lecture at conferences and educational events throughout the USA and Canada.  Dr. Obukhanych’s mission is to promote the understanding of the immune system’s optimal function for benign resolution of infections, thereby preventing health complications and deaths from infectious diseases.

My first introduction to Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych was from reading an article of hers on someone’s blog.  Here, she has written an open letter explaining why unvaccinated children pose no risk to their vaccinated counterparts.

http://asheepnomore.net/2017/05/15/harvard-unvaccinated-children-pose-zero-risk/

On her website, I have found links to some more articles of interest in connection with vaccination –

http://www.tetyanaobukhanych.com/articles/my-journey-of-disillusionment

http://www.tetyanaobukhanych.com/herd_immunity.html

http://www.tetyanaobukhanych.com/tetanus_shot.html

Worth reading!

As I always say, everyone has the right to make informed decisions – coerced decisions encroach on one’s fundamental rights.

 

Conventional medicine has been treating cancers with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation since decades, yet, more and more patients are looking towards other systems for help in the fight against cancer, in addition to conventional treatments. Why is that? It is obvious that current methods of treating cancer are not being truly successful and after a brief respite, the cancer often tends to flare up again with rapid deterioration of the patient. The treatment methods also leave the patient debilitated and weak, with their systems no longer being able to cope with even minor demands. If life is prolonged, the quality of life is indeed questionable. This has led to the field of Integrative Oncology where complementary and alternative methods are used, in conjunction with standard conventional measures of cancer treatment.

Integrative Oncology methods take a more holistic approach. With this approach, one realises that the cancer cells themselves are not the villains. They are just the manifestation of something going wrong within the defence mechanisms of the body. It is now known that tumour development is preceded by a pre-tumour phase that may persist for years if not decades. There is a gradual failure of the immune system with the system becoming unable to distinguish between self and non-self. A healthy organism with a fully functional immune system identifies malfunctioning cells as alien and destroys them. Plenty of such cells arise from time to time in every individual. Failure of the monitoring system may result in de-differentiation of cells in certain organs which are then no longer under central control. These cells begin to program their own ‘circuit diagram’ and it is then possible that they may proliferate without any control. The code of those deviant cells no longer connects with the ‘human being’ program. This is the view now taken by modern molecular biologists and it confirms the statements made many years ago by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.

In the early part of the 20th century it was Rudolf Steiner, PhD., an Austrian natural scientist and philosopher, who established Anthroposophic Medicine as one of the many developments he gave the impetus for. The word anthroposophy is derived from the Greek words anthropos=man and sophia=wisdom. Anthroposophy represents a way of dealing with science and life issues, in general, in a holistic way. It incorporates all fields of modern science into a spiritual and comprehensible approach. Rudolf Steiner was not a physician. Therefore, he founded Anthroposophical Medicine and the Medical Section at the Goetheanum (in Dornach, Switzerland) in association with the Dutch physician Dr. Ita Wegman (1876 to 1943). As early as 1917, Rudolf Steiner suggested the injection of mistletoe extracts for the treatment of cancer. It was Dr. Ita Wegman who in the early 1920s introduced the mistletoe preparation Iscador into actual cancer treatment.

Mistletoe 5Mistletoe is one of the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapies in people with cancer. In Europe, preparations made from European mistletoe are among the most prescribed drugs for patients with cancer. Mistletoe 1

Mistletoe extracts are marketed under several trade names, such as Iscador, Helixor, both of which are available in Europe. Helixor mistletoe products were developed in the 1970s by the non-profit Association for Leukemia and Cancer Therapy in an attempt to improve the therapeutic success with Viscum Album through a new manufacturing process. Since 1975, manufacturing and marketing are in the hands of Helixor Heilmittel GmbH.

There are about 1400 mistletoe species around the world. One thing that they all have in common is that they do not root in the mineral soil but live on other, generally woody, plants. Only white-berried mistletoe (Viscum Album) is used to treat cancer.

Since I have already elaborated on Iscador in another article, here I will give an introduction to Helixor. Helixor is a composition of purely aqueous fresh plant extracts from the white-berry mistletoe. It is produced using special rhythmic flow methods developed by the Helixor company in Germany and without using fermentation (Iscador is fermented).

There are three main types of Helixor – A, M and P.

  • Helixor A (Abietis) made from fir mistletoe.
  • Helixor M (Mali) made from apple tree mistletoe.
  • Helixor P (Pini) made from pine mistletoe.

Mistletoe 3Mistletoe extracts have different classes of substances with different effects on tumour cells and immune cells. Mistletoe extracts have glycoproteins (mistletoe lectins), polypeptides (viscotoxins), oligo- and polysaccharides, flavonoids, phenylpropane glycosides and triterpenes. These different constituents have different degrees of cytotoxicity and some of them produce induction of apoptosis and display antiangiogenesis. On immune cells, there is macrophage activation, release of Tumour Necrosis Factors and Interleukins, increase in phagocytosis, stimulation of T-helper cells, adjuvant increase in immune response, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, immunoprotection. In general, the mistletoe constitutents show DNA stabilisation effects, which play an important role in prevention of recurrence.
The cytolytic and cytostatic effects are only seen on cancer cells, leaving healthy cells intact.
The whole extract is the active ingredient of the mistletoe and only the whole extract in its complexity is able to achieve the complex effects.

Mistletoe 4Each type of Helixor is available in about 9 different dose levels or strengths. Different packs have been created, for convenience of use depending on the different therapeutic needs of patients. The choice of the Helixor product allows the physician to ‘fine-tune’ the mistletoe therapy according to the individual situation of the patient.

Pharmacological effects of Helixor –

  • Immunomodulation creates reduced susceptibility to infections and indirect immune-mediated tumour inhibition.
  • DNA stabilization (immunoprotection) produces better tolerability of chemotherapy and less immunosuppression by chemotherapy.
  • Neuroendocrine effects lead to improved quality of life esp. reduction in fatigue.
  • Tumour inhibition effects (increased apoptosis and reduced angiogenesis) lead to prolongation of survival time and tumour regression in specific cases. These direct inhibition effects are only possible with the intratumoral application and are more moderate with a peritumoral application.

Therapeutic Indications –

  • Malignant tumours.
  • Relapse prevention following tumour surgery.
  • Defined precancerous conditions like chronic hepatitis B and C, ulcerative colitis, intestinal polyps, cervical intra-epithelial neoplasias.
  • Benign tumours like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, brain tumours.
  • Therapy is not contraindicated in patients undergoing surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy – however, close monitoring of the patient reaction and a reduction of dose may be needed.

Contraindications –

  • Allergies to mistletoe preparations
  • Florid autoimmune diseases, patients under immunosuppressive therapy
  • Hyperthyroidism with tachycardia
  • Acute inflammatory high febrile diseases (if temperature is over 38 C, it should not be administered that day)

Method of administration –

  • The injection has to be subcutaneous, ideally injected with a short needle at an angle of approx 45 degrees, after forming a 2-3 cm thick fold of skin. Insulin syringes are ideal for the purpose.
  • Preferred injection sites are the upper arms (not for breast cancer patients), abdomen and upper thighs.
  • The injection should be taken during morning hours, before noon.
  • The usual protocol is to inject Helixor 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. From the 3rd year, depending on your response to the treatment, the physician may choose to give the injections twice a week. The physician will also choose a regular pattern for breaks of a fortnight after every 14 injections during the Maintenance Phase. The physician may choose to give daily injections in some cases.
  • Do not inject near inflamed skin areas, areas intended for surgery or near fresh surgical scars, avoid areas treated with radiotherapy.
  • Always inject at varying sites esp. during the Induction Phase.
  • The local reaction from the last injection must subside before the next injection is administered.

Duration of Helixor Therapy –

The treating physician decides on the duration of treatment, however certain guidelines exist.

  • So long as an increased risk of relapse exists, therapy for the prevention of relapse should be carried out.
  • Generally, a 2-year intensive therapy followed by subsequent phasing out with increasingly longer pauses/breaks can be recommended. In general, mistletoe therapy can be discontinued after 5 years.
  • In cases with tumours which tend towards late relapses (breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma), the prevention of relapse treatment should not be discontinued after the 5th year and should be continued as long-term treatment, using 2 series packs twice a year.
  • In cases of inoperable or metastasizing tumours and incurable systemic diseases, the palliative therapy should be continued indefinitely as long as the patient benefits.

Monitoring Helixor Therapy –

1) Local skin reaction – This is a local reaction on the skin at the site of the subcutaneous injection. This is an inflammatory response and is desirable – it is not a sign of intolerability or allergy – it shows that the skin’s immune cells have been activated by the administered dose. The ideal reaction is about 3 cm. If it approaches 5 cm or crosses that, you have to inform the physician guiding your Helixor therapy, so that the dose can be modified. This local reaction will likely be warm, slightly swollen and slightly itchy as well. It normally subdues within 2-3 days. It is best checked immediately prior to the next planned injection. Do not administer the next injection if the previous reaction still persists.
2) Temperature reaction – A temperature rise is a good sign of an increased release of transmitting agents of the immune system (cytokines).
A rise in temperature, between 0.5 – 1 C (0.9 – 1.8 F), is seen, usually 4-12 hours after the injection. This often leads to a feeling of warmth and not of cold/shivering. There should be a mild rise in mean temperature levels which is often very low in tumour patients. Also, there may be an increase in temperature amplitude by at least 0.5 C or 0.9 F, also on injection free days. This creates a good daily rhythm instead of the typically flat or chaotic temperature curve seen in tumour patients.
Ideally the patient should check oral/rectal temperature every 2 hours with an electronic thermometer, (with patient being at rest for about 30 minutes before measuring), for 2 days prior to starting the injections, so the physician can have a baseline graph. The thermometer tip should be placed deep below the tongue. During the Induction Phase, temperature mapping should ideally be done daily, about twice a day; once in the morning before getting up and again at the time of expected maximum temperature (which is determined by the temperature mapping done before the start of injections). During Maintenance Phase, temperature mapping can be done only for check-up purposes, for approx. 1 week every 3 months.
Your physician can provide you with a Temperature Control Chart in which entries can be made.
Based on these reactions, the ideal dose level for the patient is determined.
3) Blood tests (CBC) are also recommended from time to time – monthly in the induction phase, later every 3-6 months – we initially want an increase in WBCs with an increase in some immature forms. From week 3, we may see an increase in eosinophils. After 1-3 months an increase in absolute lymphocytes.
Advanced progressive tumours are accompanied by localized and systemic chronic inflammatory changes, which manifest as an increased ESR and increased C Reactive proteins. Successful mistletoe therapy leads to significant reduction of these inflammatory changes and this manifests as normalizing of ESR and CRP. These parameters are hence to be monitored for advanced metastasizing tumours.
[The temperature reaction and the immune tests (blood parameters) are not to be considered while the patient is taking chemotherapy. ]

Typical effects of Helixor –

  • Increasing performance and zest for life
  • Reduction of cancer-related fatigue
  • Normalization of body rhythms (temperature, sleep, digestion)
  • Increased appetite
  • Improvement of nausea/vomiting
  • Emotional well-being
  • Improvement of depression and anxiety
  • Decrease in tumour-related pain

Depending on the patient’s situation, the goal of therapy will differ and different treatment schedules are used. However, with any treatment schedule, dietary and lifestyle changes are also imperative. The Anthroposophic approach covers all aspects of life and treatments ideally should include conversation-free psychotherapy like art therapy and music therapy. When the human being focuses on his individual purpose in life and makes changes for the better, dramatic therapeutic results can often be seen.

Bibliography –

  1. Compendium of Mistletoe Therapy with Helixor in integrative Oncology – Helixor Heilmittel GmbH, Germany.
  2. Introduction to Anthroposophical Medicine – Robert Gorter, MD.
  3. Cancer as a Disease of Our Times – W. Bühler and R. Leroi. Translation by Dr. R. Goldberg, M.D., 1979.

Author: Michael Frass, Martin Bündner (ed.)  cover

Reviewed by: Dr. Firuzi Mehta

568 pages, hardbound.
First English edition 2015

Publishers: Narayana Verlag, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-95582-077-0

Price: Euros 59.00

On first hearing about this book that dealt with homeopathy, intensive care and emergency    medicine, I was impressed, intrigued and keen to read it. Most people have the impression that homeopathy is only for slow conditions;, that one needs time to get results, etc. Our literature does talk about quick results in life-threatening conditions, but those are few and far between. To have a whole book dedicated to the use of homeopathy in such situations is a marvellous thing indeed. So when I was offered a chance to review this book, of course, I jumped at it.

Let me first talk a bit about the authors of the book. Both the editors of this book, Michael Frass and Martin Bündner have long-standing experience in emergency medicine and homeopathy. Michael Frass was head of the intensive internal medicine unit at the Medical University of Vienna and Martin Bündner has served in rescue and emergency medicine.

A total of 19 physicians have contributed their cases for compiling this book; a vast majority of cases are by Michael Frass and Martin Bündner.

The book has four main sections:

I     Introduction

II   Intensive Care Medicine

III   Emergency Medicine

IV   Materia Medica

The Introduction starts with a chapter that covers a brief understanding of homeopathic principles and how homeopathy is used in a clinical setting. The second chapter discusses the development and current status of Intensive Medicine. The next chapter further discusses the use of homeopathic treatment alongside intensive medicine. Another chapter in the same section discusses remedy production and quality control. An ICU remedy kit has been compiled, which comprises 60 remedies. The table given discusses the English description of the homeopathic source material, the contents, the pharmacological effect, the allopathic indications and the frequent homeopathic indications of the remedy. For eg.,

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The next section, on Intensive Care Medicine, has chapters on Infectious diseases, Disorders of Haemostasis, Heart, circulation and blood vessels, Lungs, Kidneys, Gastrointestinal tract, Perioperative care and Toxicology.

The third section on Emergency Medicine has chapters on Traumatology, Cardiovascular emergencies, Lungs, Gastroenterological emergencies, Intoxication, Neurological emergencies, Psychiatric emergencies, Gynaecology and obstetrics, Urological emergencies and Thermal emergencies.

The last section has a Materia Medica which gives a brief idea of the clinical indications, general information with main symptoms, ameliorating and aggravating circumstances which play an important role in the selection of the right homeopathic remedy.

The book has a total of 145 cases, all of them with a detailed analysis. To give an idea of the type of cases covered, here is a picture from the Table of contents.

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Each topic starts with a quick overview of the definition of the clinical entity, incidence, mortality, symptoms, latest diagnostic methods, imaging techniques, blood cultures, therapy and the general outline of the homeopathic treatment, giving details of randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies which have been made in an intensive care unit. Important rubrics from the repertory have been given and a differentiation between important homeopathic remedies given. This is followed by a critical commentary.

Cases then follow, starting with the anamnesis, the acute event, diagnosis, conventional treatment given and then the homeopathic treatment with rubric selection and progress of the case. Principles of classical homeopathy have been followed in most cases. This is again followed by an evaluation and a critical commentary.

The cases have been described in a clear and concise manner, highlighting the role of homeopathy in a situation where in many cases, conventional treatment was trying its best but the patient response was minimal. Most of the cases show remarkable and clear improvement in the patient’s condition after the homeopathic treatment was started. Some surgeries have been avoided and danger to life averted. Homeopathy has helped patients get weaned off life-support systems much earlier than otherwise possible.

The authors have discussed the difficulties of homeopathic treatment in an ICU set-up and the benefits of initial conventional life-saving and life-support methods. It is clear that the authors and editors have been balanced in their view point and there is no display of dangerous fanaticism.

This book shows how valuable our gentle but high-energy remedies can be in emergency situations in an ICU set-up. It would be wonderful if all ICUs would have the possibility of integrating homeopathy along with conventional medicine. After all, to benefit our patients; that isthe goal of any system of therapeutics, is to benefit the patients.

Reading this book will give hope and encouragement to young homeopaths that with hard work, acquiring knowledge of the Materia Medica and skill with the Repertory, even cases that look ‘difficult’ are manageable with our wonderful system of medicine, Homeopathy!

No review of mine is complete without a mention of the binding, paper quality, printing, etc. This book gets 9 on 10 in this department, simply because there are a couple of pages where some paragraphs have been wrongly repeated! Apart from that, wonderful smooth paper, good hardcover, excellent binding, good printing! No complaints. It was a pleasure to read this book. I think this book will encourage more homeopaths to venture into this arena of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.

This review was first published in June 2016 in the monthly Ezinehttp://hpathy.com/book-reviews/homeopathy-in-intensive-care-and-emergency-medicine-by-michael-frass-martin-bundner-ed-reviewed-by-dr-firuzi-mehta/

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