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VITAL INFORMER
Vol 9 No 4 April 2001

The 100th issue of this Newsletter is celebrated through a 52 pg bumper issue. Born in 1993, its focus is on coverage of news, views and homoeopathic highlights. We wish it all success.

Many a time, patients complain or question about steroids in Homoeopathic medicines.

Dr Prabha Patwardhan's original article of 1995 is reprinted: tests done by her on placebo pills, Cina 200, Bell 30 and Sulph 30 showed some steroids! The method of testing was defective. She got them tested with a more sophisticated method, confirmed that there were steroids.

Dr Arvind Vij says: observing children in the clinic with toys will give an idea of the genetically constitutional similimum. Some examples: Sulph: wants to play with absurd things and wants to explore why a toy moves but cannot reassemble it again. Puls: wants to play with dolls.

Calc: soft toys. Tarentula: musical toys, violins and guitars: Sanicula: Loves guns swords and knives and terrorist games.

Dr Kassim Chimthanawala: 2 cases of cervical spondylosis of Sticta-pul & Cimicifuga.

Dr S K Mamgain deprecates polypharmacy in practice and advocates single remedy. Cites an interesting case of breathlessness- the patient sat almost like a statute, unable to speak a single word. Her mother said she had Eosinophilia. Based on his clinical experience of bringing the eosinophilic level to normal with Cina 200, he gave a dose of that remedy to the patient; in 10 mins the patient stirred; by night she was able to lie down; in a week she was completely all right. The doctor could not find supporting evidence in HMM.

Dr D P Rastogi has written an interesting article on use of constitutional types and cites 9 related rubrics in Boger- Boenninghausen's Repertory (p 888) for finding the similimum. The case, taken in the usual manner, is repertorised mainly with that repertory and if the case fitted in one of the nine rubrics, the same was taken as the deciding rubric; he illustrated this approach with 5 cases.

Prof L M Khan emphasizes importance of accessory circumstances and relevance in selection of remedy. These include exciting and maintaining causes, hygiene, surroundings, nutrition, sociology, psychology, moral values, occupational hazards etc. The totality is never complete unless the corresponding accessory circumstances are taken into account. To illustrate: a patient consulted him for gangrene on right heel with left sided hemiplegia.

The trouble started after the murder of his 18-y son. Initially Ignatia 200 for the severe grief improved him. Later Secale-corr in LM potency reduced his gangrene to a great degree; later status quo after 3 weeks; no impact even with higher potency and finally the leg had to be amputated. It was very curious: Discreet inquiries with the hospital attendants revealed that though the patient was strictly forbidden to smoke, eat red meats and sweets, he indulged in all these, without knowledge of his family. This non-compliance antidoted the medicine and he paid the price. So look into various aspects if our well-chosen remedies are to cure.

The remaining issue has more important articles, which cannot be reviewed due to lack of space.


VITAL INFORMER
Oct 98 and Nov 98.

In a pilot project on treating HIV positive patients in South Africa, by Dr Vijay Pal Singh, an assistant Director of CCRH, the results are stated to be satisfactory. Dr Singh recommends a judicious mix of natural dietary supplements and appropriate Homoeopathic remedies. The patient should have a half an ounce of honey and 25-50 gms of moong dal in addition to the usual diet. Fruits and vegetables like carrots, radish, cucumber apple , banana and guava should be taken liberally. Among Homoeopathic drugs, amyleum-nitrosum was found to boost the activity of the body's immune system Tincture prepared from the bark of the neem tree prevents low blood sugar levels. Aconite 30 is needed to prevent anxiety and shock; to combat diarrhoea, which is common in these patients Merc-sol, Aloe and China in 30th potency were useful. Cough is to be treated with Ars-alb, Bry, Causticum, Carbo-veg, , Nux-vom, Puls, and Justicia- adhatoda in 30th potency. Since emotions can boost the immune system counseling is indispensable to develop a positive attitude.

In the series on " Understanding Rubrics" Dr Niva Shirke deals with the rubric "fanaticism". The drugs covered are Causticum (injustice and corruption) Puls, Selenium, and Sulphur (religious) Thuja (fanaticism due to fixed ideas and superstitions) and others.

Pointing out that alcohol based eye drops are harmful, the issue points out that in foreign countries Dr Willmar Schwabe markets alcohol free eyedrops and another German firm Dr Reckweg 's eyedrops has only 1% alcohol. The article pleads for such alcohol free eye drops in the interests of Homoeopathy and the patients.

In the first part of their article on Hepato-Biliary diseases, Dr RS Pareek and Dr Alok Pareek indicate that a study of 186 cases of hepato- biliary diseases with Homoeopathy, conducted by P. H. & R. C (India), covering acute hepatic failure, infective hepatitis, chronic and persistent hepatitis, cirrhosis of liver with portal hypertension and persistent hepatitis B antigenemia responded well to China, Hydrastis, Lyco, Mercurius-sol ,Mag- mur, Nat-sulph, Nux-vom, Phos and Sulph. Cardus-m, Chelidonium, Myrica and Andographis-paniculata were found to be good as organ toning remedies. Hepatitis B. nosode , a single dose used as an intercurrent in chronic persistent hepatitis with a history of blood transfusion and surgeries in the past. They cite a case of fulminant hepatic failure in a girl of 18 years, who did not respond to allopathy and was in ICU in coma; she was initially given two doses of Opium - 1M and 10 M one drop dose- which made her come out of coma and thereafter given Chelidonium 30 twice daily with cardus-m Q 5 drops twice daily for about 35 days and the patient was responding well in terms of reduction of serum bilrubin level. These two drugs were stopped in two stages and finally a dose of Phos 200 as constitutional remedy was given and the tests indicated a Serum bilrubin level of 0.8 mg/dl.


VITAL INFORMER
December 2001

In the leading article the Editor laments that in the draft on national policy on Indian Systems of Medicine, no mention of role of Homoeopathy, which is practiced widely here and in the draft use of allopathic drugs by ISM practitioners is also advocated. It is well known that all Siddha and Uanani and Ayurveda practitioners frown upon allopathic treatment of diseases because of the serious side effects and contend that they can cure cases treated as incurable by allopaths.. In their article on Homeopathy and AIDS. Drs Dhingra and Varshney stress that even in AIDS the treatment will have to be individualized and in that sense Homoeopathy is appropriate. These and related issues are proposed to be discussed in a seminar to be held at Delhi on 27-1-2002. An article on dengue fever and its homoeopathic treatment, coming events calendar and book reviews form the rest of the issue.


VITAL INFORMER
Vol 10-7 July 2002.

A monthly newsletter published by Dr Manish Bhartiya, ED-94, Tagore garden, New Delhi-110027

1. Dr Anil Khurana writes about the recent research about mechanism of action of Homoeopathic remedies. Since no element of medicine is traceable in Homoeopathic preparations above 12C, Homoeopaths have been hard put to explain how the potencies above 12C act. Two Italian professors of Chemistry conducted a number of experiments by measuring the heat emanating from plain double distilled water and compared the same with double-distilled water in which a specific acid and a base substance were added. They found that 92% of the test solutions with added acid or base substance (such as sodium chloride and vinegar) had higher than expected heat emanating from them. Further research findings on toxicology over the years indicate that poisons at high doses inhibited metabolism and ultimately caused death, while in low doses they extend a stimulating effect- and it is termed hormesis. He also draws attention to other research findings to substantiate the effect of dilutions and release of energy due to succussions

2. The other part of the issue is devoted mainly to reports on seminars conducted in various parts of the country: one on Diabetes, osteo-arthritis, urinary incontinence and obesity; Geriatrics, arthritis and skin diseases. These reports are detailed and informative.

3. Writing on Miasms, Drs Anukant Goyal, Amitha Goyal and Anupam Goyal present a hypothesis that from birth the three miasms of psora , sycosis and syphilis are present in everyone and so long as these three are in equilibrium the person will be healthy; disease arises when it is disturbed. They have listed several combinations of one or more of the miasms being disturbed and consequently the energy levels are affected. The authors have not given any indications for the practical application of these combinations for arriving at the similimum in a particular case.

4.An obituary on the death of Dr M L Sehgal, founder of revolutionized Homoeopathy by Dr Chitkara, a few other cases, calendar, book reviews and news constitute the rest of the issue.


VITAL INFORMER
Dec 2002.

Issue deals with various articles and news items. There is an article on sleep by Dr Sudarshan Bhatti. An article on Meningitis by Dr Rajneesh Sharma - is interesting as he mentions Homoeo vaccines:
Hemophilus-influenzae
200 once daily reduces cases of bacterial meningitis.
Neisseria-meningitis
200 may be given to military recruits for meningococcal meningitis.
Streptococcus-pneumoniae
200 for people over age 65.
He has mentioned Apis, Cina, Podophyllum, Baptisia, Zinc-met, Helleborous-niger and Urtica-urens as remedial agents.
Some cases histories, some articles on posology etc completes the issue.


VITAL INFORMER
Vol 2 No 1 Jan 2003.

51 members of the parliament have demanded institution of statutory enquiry in the affairs of the Central Council of Homoeopathy. Members alleged serious misconduct on part of office bearers of CCH. The number of colleges have doubled but the institutions are substandard and quality of education is deteriorating.

Dr poonam writes on the role of Homoeopathy in FLuorosis. She mentions Calc-phos, Calc-Fluor, Fluoric -Acid as remedies of choice. Also many rubrics from many repertories are mentioned. Due to the syphilitic nature of flourisis remedies viz Asaf, Aur, Nit-acid, Merc-sol are bound to be useful. An article in Hindi by Dr Sudershan Bhatti on Aids and its Prevention follows. A case of Ulcerative Colitis is interesting as an abnormal sigmaloscopy report was completely normal except for mild hypernia after few doses. Bryonia 6 Patient, Mr X, 40 Yrs, had ulcerative colistic since 3 yrs, with anxiety about business, fear of starving, fear of poverty, Irritability with desire to be alone. This case is reported by Dr A S Mann.
Dr S S Vithal has given cases treated long distance. An article by prof.Dr S Hque on "A Journey from Primitive Medicine to Homoeopathy" is informative. An article by Dr BS Hatta completes the issue.


VITAL INFORMER
Vol 12 No, 5 May 2004

Dr K M Dhawale: In a thought provoking article 'Hom PG Training', discusses the fragmentation in Hom, need for an integrated standardized education, the challenges faced by practitioners and that Homoeopathy need to earn the respect of patients and other practitioners. No one understands this better than a person who has been in training post graduates for 12 years - that it is nothing less than a tapasya. He urges Homoeopaths to shun 'leftist' attitude, understand that change is the only constant and accept different viewpoint with an open mind.

He also tells us to look at thing from today's consumer's angle, who is well informed and has a wider choice. Today we are powerless to even prescribe Vitamins or insulin for an IDDM; replacement therapy is not accepted! If a Homoeopath has to work as a productive member of the interdisciplinary team, one must look at the post graduation programme without a bias, without raising hell against it and equip one self better. If we don't empower ourselves, we run a risk of spending rest of our professional lives at the mercy of the dominant school or in courts!

Dr G K Shangloo: He has given 3 cases of uterine fibroid treated at his research centre. The case has been confirmed by USG. He used Erigeron, Phos and Medorrhinum according to the symptoms.

Tips: Medicines like Belladonna and Mag-phos are used for pain control. When bleeding is bright red, illifolium or Erigeron is useful with violent irritation of rectum and bladder. Thlapsi-bursa-pectoris- when pain is severe with dark red blood. Hamamelis- pain > warmth. Trillium- sensation that hips and back will fall into pieces. Medorrhinum and Thuja help when other medicines fail. Aurum-m-n is useful in dissolving the cyst.

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