Saturday, 29 September 2012

Justice Venkatachaliah Inaugurates Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Campaign organised by St George Caner Care and Research Centre in association with Kristu Jayanti College
Bangalore: 29 September, 2012: Month of October is dedicated as World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, world over. St. George Cancer Care and Research Center in association with the Women Empowerment Cell of the Kristu Jayanti College launched the “Breast Cancer Prevention Awareness campaign for 2012”.
The campaign was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India, at Kristu Jayanti College Auditorium. Also present at the occasion where Dr. B. T. Rudresh, Member, Central Council of Homeopathy, New Delhi; Mrs. Tejeswani N. Raju, BBMP Horamavu Ward Councillor; Dr. Ali Khwaja, Chairman, Banjara Academy; Dr. Aswath Narayana, Registrar, Karnataka State Board of Homeopathic System of Medicine; Rev. Sr. Rose Mary RNDM, Principal, Mariam Nilaya High School, Banaswadi; Dr. Sebastian Prabhakar, Dean, Bhagavan Budha Homeopathic Medical College, Bangalore City; Dr. Munawar Sulthana Shaikh, General Secretary, IHMA Karnataka; Mr. Rejikumar, General Secretary, Kerala Samajam, Bangalore.
Justice Venkatachliah said the scientific knowledge transformations going to take place in the coming years will change the way of thinking and living of mankind.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Asthma and homeopathic treatment

This beautiful part has been taken from  Homeopathy Cures Asthma by WADIA S. R. and is worth reading.  Some of the important homeopathic remedies for asthma are also listed
One who has seen many asthmatic patients during the attacks will find the symptoms very similar unless he discriminates and observes the finer points. For instance, when he visits, he will find the patient having a great difficulty in breathing and panting for breath. He is not able to lie down and is sitting up in bed, at times leaning forward, very restless, wants something warm to drink and due to fear of suffocation he thinks he is breathing his last. 
Respiration,asthamtic,repertory
The remedy that comes to mind first is Arsenic alb. But this remedy will only palliate and will not hold the case very long. It is very essential to observe the patient carefully and try to find some peculiar symptoms for instance if the patient is lying flat in bed in spite of severe difficulty in breathing Psorinum could be thought of. If he feels better in knee chest position Medorrhinum can be thought of. When the attack is worse with the onset of monsoon, Natrum Sulph helps. But if the patient is better in monsoon Causticum is the remedy. After vaccination as mentioned before Thuja and Silicia can be thought of. Very often, we hear the parents telling us that the child is worse at new moon or full moon and you may observe this yourself that he or she gets the attack on this day when Silicia, Phos, Alumina or Sulphur can be thought of. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Parental anxiety linked to anxiety in children

Parents with social anxiety disorder are more likely than parents with other forms of anxiety to engage in behaviors that put their children at high risk for developing angst of their own, according to a small study of parent-child pairs conducted at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Authors of the federally funded study say past research has linked parental anxiety to anxiety in children, but it remained unclear whether people with certain anxiety disorders engaged more often in anxiety-provoking behaviors.

Another gene variant to male breast cancer

Researchers report that they've identified another genetic variation that appears connected to male breast cancer, a rare condition that kills several hundred men in the United States each year.
Male breast cancer is about 100 times less common than female breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. It estimates that this year breast cancer will be diagnosed in about 2,190 men in the United States and will kill about 410 men.

AYUSH fraternity slams MCI’s new medical course

The proposed introduction of the three-and-a-half-year degree course in community medicine by the Medical Council of India(MCI) has created an uproar amongst the doctors including Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association(KGMOA) and Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) fraternity in Indore.
On one hand where KGMOA claims that the new course will only generate more quacks, the AYUSH fraternity is concerned about the contradiction as students with allopathic and AYUSH degrees are already doing the same work.
Opposing the B Sc in community health course that will be started from April next year, KGMOA President Dr HN Ravindra said instead of increasing the number of public health centres(PHCs) or number of under-qualified doctors, there should be more MBBS doctors to serve rural areas.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

NRHM Employees strike in Gujarat

On Monday the Gujarat's health department will witness one of the biggest crippling protests in recent decades where 45,000 employees engaged in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) will strike work for a day.
The employees will go on mass casual leave demanding pay as per Sixth Pay Commission's recommendation. According to secretary of NRHM employees association Jayesh Macwan, "The issue of price rise affects the lower rung in the health department to a great extent. We demand that we be paid as against our work and our right as much as those who are drawing salaries under the pay panel's recommendation.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Advantage with the homeopathic potency

This wonderful article is from Kents Lesser writing. I call this the Advantage with the potency.
This opens up the consideration of Series of Degrees, which is to become one of the most important subjects in the treatment of chronic diseases. It will lead to the development of a distinct class of prescribers in our school, if it has not already done so. Its recognition is a distinctive feature in the practice of my pupils, many of whom have expressed their wonder that this doctrine of Hahnemann is so meagerly understood and so rarely used in the treatment of chronic diseases. 
It has often been forced upon my attention, when observing the work of even careful prescribers, that they stop after making a most careful selection, and fail to do more than to start the cure in the right direction. The patient improves so long as the one potency will act curatively, and then the cure stops; yet the same remedy is indicated, known from the fact that the symptoms have returned and are the same as when the remedy was first given. 
I have noticed many times, in patients coming to me from physicians who always give a low potency, that some curative action was observed, and then the remedy was changed, and again other changes were made. When the correct remedy was given again, in a higher potency, the cure began again. It is the same when the physician has given a high potency, and it has done all it can do, and will no longer act; another remedy has been selected which failed because it was not indicated. The one that was indicated has failed only because it has done all it can do in that one potency. The physician must learn that he cannot practice Homoeopathy on one potency of each drug.

Mayurbhanj Homeopathic MCH presents a picture of neglect

Even after 32 years of its establishment, the Mayurbhanj Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital (MHMCH) at Baripada is yet to be taken over by the State Government.
This MCH at Sungadia near Baripada which was established in 1980, presents a picture of neglect. Though the private homeopathy medical colleges in Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur were taken over by the government in 1994, this was left out for reasons unknown. The State has six homeopathic colleges, including five government ones. Government colleges include Biju Patnaik Homeopathic Medical College at Berhampur, Cuttack Homeopathic Medical College, Dr Abhin Chandra Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital at Bhubaneswar, Odisha Medical College of Homeopathy and Research at Sambalpur and Utkalmani Homeopathic Medical College at Rourkela.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A case of skin ulceration and homeopathic treatment

Contributed by Dr.George
This is a case of a man aged 50 yrs. He had come to treat a ulcer that has come up after a boil had opened up. the ulcer refused to heel and began to extend.There was severe pain and the touch of the clothing increased it.The first photograph shows the large ulcer.




Now every homeopath or a alternative medicine degree holder will come to to decision of either a referral to a modern medical treatment or to begin a homeopathic treatment.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Homeopathy to be integrated with healthcare systems in UP

All systems of medicine and healing, including ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, as well as yoga would be integrated in the system in government hospitals and primary health centres across Uttar Pradesh. The programme, officials here told IANS, would be funded under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
 In the first phase, an official said, yoga and a therapeutic healthcare option would be tested in 27 districts and would later be integrated with a parallel health plan that includes other systems of medicines such as unani, homoeopathy and ayurveda. The project has been allocated Rs.25 crore, with the money also being utilised to purchase and distribute ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic medicines.
 The programme would be available at all government district hospitals, primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs). The experiment would not only be keenly watched but would also be pathbreaking, an official said. “Till now, the basis of all healthcare was largely the allopathic system. Something like this is being tried for the first time,” an official said.

A case study of male infertility and homeopathic treatment

Contributed by Dr.Saji
Male  aged 34 yrs Date : 14-12-11. with Infertility, one and a half yrs duration. It was a case of Oligospermia ( 17 million/ml, 50 % motility on 23-11-10 and 9 million/ml, 30% motility on 25-12-10 ) and Surgical treatment ( TVL) for varicocele ( Grade II, B/L-Manual ) was done in December 2010. After the surgery he developed Azoospermia. 
His FSH and LH levels were normal but Testosterone a bit high. Allopath advised MESA/TESE and ICSI. As those procedures are costly the patient decided to try Homoeopathy. The patient Has the habit of smoking.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Adverse effects of medicine in Australia

The top ten drugs used by Australians were linked to 2925 adverse events and 67 deaths in the last five years, an exclusive analysis of the adverse events data base of the national drug watchdog has found.
Since 2007, the most commonly used drugs have been linked to 950 cases of musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, 633 nervous system disorders, 331 cases of respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders and 286 cases of psychiatric disorders.
The cholesterol lowering medicine Atorvastatin produced the highest number of adverse events between 2007 and 2011, and was linked to 815 reports of side effects including 13 deaths.

Constitutional classification in homeopathic prescribing?

This is from Kent's Lesser writings.
Why should we attempt to classify constitutions as an aid in prescribing? Every individual is a constitution, and no two sick persons can be classified as of the same class to the satisfaction of any clear, observing, and thinking homoeopathist. It is a fatal error to classify constitutions, as no two are sufficiently similar, when observed by a genuine homoeopathician to form even a common class. Human beings are a thousand times more complex than the chess-board in the hands of most skillful players.
Every change in combination in mental or physical signs and symptoms brings a new view of the entire patient as observed collectively. Normal mental methods come to all thinkers in such diverse appearances as to justify the well-known statement that no two minds are alike. In similar manner, all abnormal minds appear to the alert physician as sick individuals. Mental abnormalities may be classified by their common manifestation by the alienist, but the classification is never useful to the homoeopathist when searching for a remedy. The classification is made up from common symptoms of the mental-disease symptoms for the purpose of medical diagnosis, but the peculiar symptoms in each and every morbid mental case must guide to the prescription, and these prevent classification.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Prostate problems and Homeopathy

Contributed by Dr.George
Development of prostatic hyperplasia( enlargement) is an almost universal phenomenon in aging men. The prostate weighs only a few grams at birth; at puberty it undergoes androgen-mediated growth and reaches the adult size of about 20 g by age 20.The second growth spurt commences in the majority of men by the age of 45 and may continue as he ages. 
Urinary symptoms such as frequency of urination, hesitancy, dribbling, and frequent night time urination are commonly seen.The two forms of enlargement are 1. Benign Prostate hypertrophy(BPH) and 2. Carcinoma (cancer) prostate.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Dr Nisanth Nambison for seminar in Japan

Dr Nisanth Nambison, professor in Government Homeopathy Medical College has been selected by the Central government to participate in the international seminar on homeopathy in Japan from September 14 to 17.
The professor’s name had earlier been recommended by the state government for his path-breaking research in respiratory diseases.
Growing incidence of respiratory diseases, including asthma and allergies of various types have emerged as a major health challenge in recent times. These diseases have been associated by experts with the rising level of pollution in the cities. High level research to tackle such diseases is being done across the world.
The research conducted by Dr Nisanth has opened the possibility of treating allergy-related respiratory diseases.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) and homeopathic treatment

Contributed by Dr.George
In Whom?
Infections may be symptomatic or asymptomatic. These infections occur in 1 to 3 percent of schoolgirls and then increase markedly in incidence with the onset of sexual activity in adolescence. The vast majority of acute symptomatic infections involve young women. Acute symptomatic urinary infections are unusual in men under the age of 50.
The organs involved
The urinary tract should be viewed as a single anatomic unit that is united by a continuous column of urine extending from the urethra to the kidney.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Mammograms linked to cancer?

mammograms
Courtesy:well.blogs.nytimes.com
Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, a study by leading European cancer agencies suggests.
The added radiation from mammograms and other types of tests with chest radiation might be especially harmful to them and an MRI is probably a safer method of screening women under 30 who are at high risk because of gene mutations, the authors conclude.
Mammograms are most often used in women over 40, unless they are at high risk, like carrying a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Having such a mutation increases the risk of developing cancer five-fold.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

AYUSH doctors strike in Bhopal

Medical service in ayurveda, yoga, unani, sidda and homoeopathy hospitals were partially affected on the first day of statewide strike of alternative medicine practitioners on Wednesday.
 Claiming widespread support, AYUSH doctors association state president Dr Ajay Awasti said, "For long, Ayush doctors which include ayurveda, yoga, unani, sidda and homoeopathic practitioners have been overlooked. We would continue with the strike until the state government concedes our demands"
 The protesting Ayush doctors are demanding direct recruitment for vacant posts of Ayush medical officers, better pay and recruitment of Ayush doctors in places where allopathic doctors refuse to work. "There are almost 1,070 vacant posts of Ayush in state government. Excluding some 600 vacant posts of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) which need to be filled," he added.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Digested coconut oil a natural antibiotic for tooth decay

Digested coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that may help to fight tooth decay, say scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland.
The scientists presented their data at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference taking place this week at the University of Warwick.
Streptococcus bacteria are common inhabitants of the mouth, and so the team tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil against strains of this bacteria.
Two versions of coconut oil were used in the study: coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.

Frozen IVF embryos better than fresh embryos

Women who become pregnant with previously frozen IVF embryos tend to have healthier babies and fewer complications than those who have fresh embryos implanted, research suggests.
Fertility doctors found that mothers had a lower risk of bleeding in pregnancy with embryos that had been frozen and thawed, and went on to have fewer pre-term and low-birthweight babies.
Fertility clinics in Britain usually transfer fresh embryos into women several days after they have been given hormone injections that stimulate their ovaries to release eggs. These are extracted and fertilised before being implanted. Any embryos that are not used can be frozen for use months or years later. The new results raise questions about the way fertility treatment is offered in the UK. If mothers and babies fare better with previously frozen IVF embryos, it may make sense to freeze more or most embryos.

Headache and its homeopathic treatment

Contributed by Dr.George
Headache is usually a benign symptom, and only occasionally is it the manifestation of a serious illness such as brain tumor, subarachnoid hemorrhage, meningitis, or giant cell arteritis.severe, disabling headache is reported to occur at least annually by 40 percent of individuals worldwide.
CLINICAL VARIETIES OF HEADACHE
MIGRAINE:A useful definition of migraine is a benign and recurring syndrome of headache, nausea, vomiting, and/or other symptoms of neurologic dysfunction in varying admixtures. Migraine can often be recognized by its activators (red wine, menses, hunger, lack of sleep, glare, estrogen, worry, perfumes, let-down periods) and its deactivators (sleep, pregnancy, exhilaration, sumatriptan)
murphy repertory, headaches, migraine

Saturday, 1 September 2012

India continues to see a massive jump in the demand for Homeopathy

Western countries may find homeopathy "unscientific" and for which dozens of systematic reviews have "failed to produce convincing evidence of effectiveness".
But India continues to see a massive jump in the demand for the 250-year-old system of medicine. India's registered homeopathic practitioners have more than doubled in two decades — increased from 1.05 lakh in 1980 to 2.46 lakh in 2010. Also, the number of homeopathic hospitals/dispensaries has also increased four fold — from 1,686 in 1980 to about 7,000 in 2010.
Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Friday that a recent study called "usage and acceptability of Indians systems of medicine" conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found that the annual average outdoor patient attendance was higher in homeopathy in comparison to ayurveda, unani and siddha. Azad said, "The demand for homeopathic treatment has increased in the country. Under a centrally sponsored scheme, a one time assistance upto Rs 10 crores is being provided to the states on 50:50 matching share basis for opening of new homeopathic institutions in states not having such institutes."
Director general of Central Council for Research in homeopathy Dr R K Manchanda said, "Till now, the benefits of homeopathy were established through observational studies. Now we are validating homeopathy's benefits through randomized controlled trials and fundamental research. Homeopathy is especially beneficial for arthritis, skin and respiratory diseases, gastric problems like irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. Homeopathy costs one fifth of an allopathic consultation in any government set up."
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world. WHO says the annual sale of homeopathic drugs accounts to Rs 8,400 crore globally. By 2017, the market will be Rs 52,000 crore. WHO adds that homeopathy is practiced in 66 countries and the treatment is individualized. It seeks to stimulate the body's defence mechanisms to prevent or treat illness. A recent industry study had predicted that Indian homeopathy treatment market is likely to grow 30% annually, and pegged it around Rs 4,600 crore.