Report of New Zealand Council of Homeopathy Conference 2006 View Conference
 
 
 
November 26,2006
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Epidemics of the New Millennium

International Homeopathic Conference held in Christchurch New Zealand.

The international homeopathic conference was held on 2nd and 3rd September in Hotel Ridges Christchurch New Zealand.

The conference was organized by the New Zealand council of Homeopaths. The conference was attended by 120 doctors of Homeopathy from all across New Zealand and there homeopathic pharmacies of New Zealand.

I was the only doctor form India which was invited from India to present the lecture on Homeopathic Cure to Uterine Fibroid and Ovarian Cyst and the Lecture of Terminal stage of Cancer management through Homeopathy.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years.

Let's look at an example: If your child accidentally ingests certain poisons, you may be advised to administer Syrup of Ipecac to induce vomiting. Ipecac is derived from the root of a South American plant called Ipecacuanha. The name, in the native language, means "the plant by the road which makes you throw up." Eating the plant causes vomiting.

When a group of healthy volunteers took this substance to determine the effects of this drug, they found that the drug induced other symptoms as well. The mouth retained much saliva. The tongue was very clean. There was a cough so severe that it led to gagging and vomiting. There was incessant nausea. While it is expected that vomiting would usually relieve the nausea, this was not the case.

Such an experiment, using healthy volunteers, is called a proving, and it is the homeopath's source of information about the action of a drug.

Of what use could this plant be? If a person were suffering from a gagging cough after a cold, or a woman were experiencing morning sickness with incessant nausea that is not relieved by vomiting, then Ipecacuanha, administered in a minute dose, especially prepared by a homeopathic pharmacy in accordance with FDA approved guidelines, can allay the "similar" suffering.

Samuel Hahnemann described this principle by using a Latin phrase: Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates: "Let likes cure likes." It is a principle that has been known for centuries. Hahnemann developed the principle into a system of medicine called homeopathy, and it has been used successfully for the last 200 years

Dr.Sharad Shanglo with Exicutive Member of New Zealand Counicl

Of Homeopathy Judy Emrisson

How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?

How does the concept of homeopathy differ from that of conventional medicine? Very simply, homeopathy attempts to stimulate the body to recover itself. Let's look at an example: the common cough.

First, we must accept that all symptoms, no matter how uncomfortable they are, represent the body's attempt to restore itself to health. Instead of looking upon the symptoms as something wrong which must be set right, we see them as signs of the way the body is attempting to help itself. Instead of trying to stop the cough with suppressants, as conventional medicine does, a homeopath will give a remedy that will cause a cough in a healthy person, and thus stimulate the ill body to restore itself.

Second, we must look at the totality of the symptoms presented. We each experience a cough in our unique way. Yet conventional medicine acts as if all coughs were alike. It therefore offers a series of suppressive drugs something to suppress the cough, something to dry the mucus, something to lower the histamine level, something to ease falling asleep.

Homeopathy, on the other hand, looks for the one substance that will cause similar symptoms in a healthy person. The person with a cough characterized by being worse when breathing cold air, and sounding like a deep bark, will need a quite different remedy than the person whose cough is loose in the morning, dry in the evening, and better when sitting up in bed. We characterize both as "coughs" but they are different illnesses in the individuals, and therefore require different homeopathic treatment.

In conventional medical thought, health is seen simply as the absence of disease. You assume that you are healthy if there is nothing wrong with you. To a person versed in homeopathy, health is much more than that. A healthy person is a person who is free on all levels: physical, emotional, and mental. Obviously, a person with a broken leg is not free, on the physical level, to move around. But on a more subtle level, a person who cannot eat certain foods or is allergic to certain materials is also experiencing a lack of freedom. It is a good emotional release to cry at a "tear jerker" movie, but someone who continues to cry for several weeks afterwards is experiencing a lack of freedom on the emotional level. Likewise, a person who cannot absorb what he has read or cannot remember day to day appointments is experiencing a restriction on the mental level. The homeopath recognizes such limitations and attempts, through the use of the properly selected remedies, to restore the person to health and freedom.

An important basic difference exists between conventional medical therapy and homeopathy. In conventional therapy, the aim often is to control the illness through regular use of medical substances, even if the medication is nothing more than vitamins. If the medication is withdrawn, however, the person returns to illness. There has been no cure. A person who takes a pill for high blood pressure every day is not undergoing a cure but is only controlling the symptoms. Homeopathy's aim is the cure: "The complete restoration of perfect health," as Dr. Samuel Hahneman said. 

                                 

               Dr.Sharad Shangloo with Dr. Anglia Hair NCH Member.

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are tumors or growths, made up of muscle cells and other tissues that grow within the wall of the uterus (or womb). Although fibroids are sometimes called tumors, they are almost always benign (not cancerous). The medical term for fibroids is uterine leiomyomata (you-ter-in lie-oh-my-oh-mah-tah). Fibroids can grow as a single growth or in clusters (or groups). Their size can vary from small, like an apple seed (or less than one inch), to even larger than a grapefruit, or eight inches across or more.

Why should women know about fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are the most common, benign tumors in women of childbearing age, but no one knows exactly what causes them. They can be frustrating to live with when they cause symptoms. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms, but some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids also can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination.

Who gets fibroids?

More research is being done to figure out who is at risk for fibroids. But it is known that:

  • Most of the time, fibroids grow in women of childbearing age.

  • African American women are more likely to get them than women of other racial groups.

  • African American women tend to get fibroids at a younger age than do other women.

  • Women who are overweight or obese also are at a slightly higher risk for fibroids than women who are not overweight.

  • Women who have given birth appear to be at a lower risk for fibroids.

Dr.Sharad Shangloo, My wife Mrs.Shivanee Shangloo , Elizabeth fink, David Guttery

Where can fibroids grow?

Doctors put fibroids into three groups based on where they grow, such as just underneath the lining of the uterus, in between the muscles of the uterus, or on the outside of the uterus. Most fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus. Some fibroids grow on stalks (called peduncles) that grow out from the surface of the uterus, or into the cavity of the uterus.

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, but some women with fibroids can have:

·         heavy bleeding or painful periods

·         bleeding between periods

·         feeling of fullness in the pelvic area (lower abdomen)

·         urinating often

·         pain during sex

·         lower back pain

  • reproductive problems, such as infertility, having more than one miscarriage, or having early onset of labor during pregnancy

What causes fibroids?

No one knows for sure what causes fibroids. Researchers have some theories, but most likely, fibroids are the result of many factors interacting with each other. These factors could be hormonal (affected by estrogen levels), genetic (running in families), environmental, or a combination of all three. Because no one knows for sure what causes fibroids, we also don't know what causes them to grow or shrink. For the most part, fibroids stop growing or shrink after menopause. But, this is not true for all women with fibroids.

Can fibroids turn into cancer?

Fibroids are almost always benign, or not cancerous, and they rarely turn into cancer (less than 0.1 percent of cases). Having fibroids does not increase a woman's chances of getting cancer of the uterus.

H omeopathic Concept of Uterine Fibroid and Ovarian Cyst Treatment

One of the causes of infertility in females is Uterine Fibroids and Ovarian Cysts. For which total removal of uterus is generally advised. In cases of ovarian cysts also  most of the times the ovaries are removed .It leads to a lot of post –operative complications like gaining of weight , increased irritability , lack of interest in sex and above all Total zero chances of pregnancy .Hormone therapy has got a lot of side effects.

OBJECTIVE: To establish the positive role of Homoeopathy in curing surgical diseases like uterine fibroid and ovarian cyst through homoeopathic medicine at the general practice in Allahabad India.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:  The well-proven Homeopathic medicines were selected on the basis of principles of homeopathy to the patients of uterine fibroid and ovarian cyst during the period of 1996 to 2004.  The patients were assessed on the basis changes in the symptoms during the period of 3-4 months and Ultrasound done after that to Asses the size of fibroid.

RESULTS:  Statistical Data of patients cured by us:1996-2004

No. Of Patients entered- 123
No. Of patients who followed the protocol-100
No. Of patients which improved-85
No. Of patients with complete removal of fibroid 48
NO. Of patients whose size reduced but no complete removal-20

Success rate Cure-48%
Rate of Response to Homoeopathy- 85%

CONCLUSIONS: Homeopathy is becoming increasingly popular in whole of the world. Now it is time to prove to the world what homeopathy can offer in surgical diseases. Homeopathic medicines cannot take the place of surgery but can be of great help to the patients, which do not want to go for surgery or cannot be operated upon due to various medical reasons. It is also ideal for underdeveloped and developing countries where financial factor play a major role in deciding the options for treatment.

Dr.Sharad Shangloo with the New Zealand Council of Homeopathic doctors at the dinner hosted by them in the conference.

Cancer is a scary word. Almost everyone knows someone who got very sick or died from cancer. Most of the time, cancer affects older people. Not many kids get cancer, but when they do, very often it can be treated and cured.

. Cancer is a scary word. Almost everyone knows someone who got very sick or died from cancer. Most of the time, cancer affects older people. Not many kids get cancer, but when they do, very often it can be treated and cured.

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is actually a group of many related diseases that all have to do with cells. Cells are the very small units that make up all living things, including the human body. There are billions of cells in each person's body.

Cancer happens when cells that are not normal grow and spread very fast. Normal body cells grow and divide and know to stop growing. Over time, they also die. Unlike these normal cells, cancer cells just continue to grow and divide out of control and don't die.

Cancer cells usually group or clump together to form tumors (say: too-mers). A growing tumor becomes a lump of cancer cells that can destroy the normal cells around the tumor and damage the body's healthy tissues. This can make someone very sick.

Sometimes cancer cells break away from the original tumor and travel to other areas of the body, where they keep growing and can go on to form new tumors. This is how cancer spreads. The spread of a tumor to a new place in the body is called metastasis (say: meh-tas-tuh-sis).

Causes of Cancer

You probably know a kid who had chickenpox - maybe even you. But you probably don't know any kids who've had cancer. If you packed a large football stadium with kids, probably only one child in that stadium would have cancer.

Doctors aren't sure why some people get cancer and others don't. They do know that cancer is not contagious. You can't catch cancer from someone else who has it. Cancer isn't caused by germs, like colds or the flu are. So don't be afraid of other kids - or anyone else - with cancer. You can talk to, play with, and hug someone with cancer.

Kids can't get cancer from anything they do either. Some kids think that a bump on the head causes brain cancer or that bad people get cancer. This isn't true! Kids don't do anything wrong to get cancer. But some unhealthy habits, especially cigarette smoking or drinking too much alcohol every day, can make you a lot more likely to get cancer when you become an adult.

Finding Out About Cancer

It can take a while for a doctor to figure out a kid has cancer. That's because the symptoms cancer can cause - weight loss, fevers, swollen glands, or feeling overly tired or sick for a while - are usually not caused by cancer. When a kid has these problems, it's often cased by something less serious, like an infection. With medical testing, the doctor can figure out what's causing the trouble.

If the doctor suspects cancer, he or she can do tests to figure out if that's the problem. A doctor might order X-rays and blood tests and recommend the person go to see an oncologist (say: on-kah-luh-jist). An oncologist is a doctor who takes care of and treats cancer patients. The oncologist will likely run other tests to find out if someone really has cancer. If so, tests can determine what kind of cancer it is and if it has spread to other parts of the body. Based on the results, the doctor will decide the best way to treat it.

One test that an oncologist (or a surgeon) may perform is a biopsy (say: by-op-see). During a biopsy, a piece of tissue is removed from a tumor or a place in the body where cancer is suspected, like the bone marrow. Don't worry - someone getting this test will get special medicine to keep him or her comfortable during the biopsy. After the sample is collected, it will be examined under a microscope for cancer cells. The sooner cancer is found and treatment begins, the better someone's chances are for a full recovery and cure.

Treating Cancer Carefully

Cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation - or sometimes a combination of these treatments. The choice of treatment depends on:

  • the type of cancer someone has (the kind of abnormal cells causing the cancer)

  • the stage of the tumor (meaning how much the cancer has spread within the body, if at all)

Surgery is the oldest form of treatment for cancer. Three out of every five people with cancer will have an operation to remove the cancer. During surgery, the doctor tries to take out as many cancer cells as possible. Some healthy cells or tissue may also be removed to make sure that all the cancer is gone.

Chemotherapy (say: kee-mo-ther-uh-pee) is the use of anti-cancer medicines (drugs) to treat cancer. These medicines are sometimes taken as a pill, but are usually given through a special intravenous (say: in-truh-vee-nus) line, also called an IV. An IV is a tiny catheter (straw-like tube) that is put into a vein through someone's skin, usually on the arm. The catheter is attached to a bag that holds the medicine. The medicine flows from the bag into a vein, which puts the medicine into the blood, where it can travel throughout the body and attack cancer cells.

Chemotherapy is usually given over a number of weeks to months. Often, a permanent catheter is placed under the skin into a larger blood vessel of the upper chest. This way, a person can easily get several courses of chemotherapy and other medicines through this catheter without having a new IV needle put in. The catheter remains under the skin until all the cancer treatment is completed.

Radiation (say: ray-dee-ay-shun) therapy uses high-energy waves, such as X-rays (invisible waves that can pass through most parts of the body), to damage and destroy cancer cells. It can cause tumors to shrink and even go away completely. Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. Many people with cancer find it goes away after receiving radiation treatments.

With both chemotherapy and radiation, kids may experience side effects. A side effect is an extra problem that's caused by the treatment. Radiation and anti-cancer drugs are very good at destroying cancer cells, but unfortunately they also destroy healthy cells. This can cause problems such as loss of appetite, tiredness, vomiting, or hair loss. With radiation, a person might have red or irritated skin in the area that's being treated. But all these problems go away and hair grows back after the treatment is over. During the treatment, there are medicines that can help a kid feel better.

While treatment is still going on, a kid might not be able to attend school or be around crowds of people - the kid needs to rest and can't risk getting infections, such as the flu, when he or she already isn't feeling well.

Getting Better

Remission (say: ree-mih-shun) is a great word for anyone who has cancer. It means all signs of cancer are gone from the body. After surgery or treatment with radiation or chemotherapy, a doctor will then do tests to see if the cancer is still there. If there are no signs of cancer, then the kid is in remission.

Remission is the goal when any kid with cancer goes to the hospital for treatment. Sometimes, this means additional chemotherapy might be needed for a while to keep cancer cells from coming back. And luckily, for many kids, continued remission is the very happy end of their cancer experience.

Homeopathic concept of Terminal Stage of cancer Management

Generally irrespective of the location and type, cancer cases can be divided in 3 groups

Pre-Operative early stage diagnosed / undiagnosed

Well established cancerous stage

Post operative / post radiation or post Chemotherapy stage

Patients come to homeopaths only in the first or the last stage. i.e either in the early diagnosed or undiagnosed stage OR in the last stage Post operative / post radiation or post Chemotherapy stage.

As difficult as it may be with allopathic practitioners' "automatic" surgical removal of cancer, the patient's tumor in Homeopathic medicine is seen as a positive extension of the disease process. If you remove the patient's tumor, it is impossible to monitor the reversal of the process and to gauge the success of your treatment. The disease of cancer once again becomes a silent disease after surgery until its next emergence. Give yourself some time before surgery when treating a malignant growth. If there is a distant metastasis, it will continue to grow and you won't know it. When you have a local tumor to monitor, you will know if the metastasis is changing. If the primary tumor begins to recede, themetastasis will also disappear.

If the patient decides to proceed with surgery, explain the pros and cons. If homeopathic treatment precedes and follows surgery, and if the cancer is localized only, then these homeopathic treatments, plus surgery, along with a positive change in lifestyle may decrease the chance of the cancer returning. If the patient's tumor has already metastasized then the ultimate outcome is worse because you will have removed the primary tumor and so won't be able to follow the course of your treatment. Ideally, the patient should postpone surgery so that the homeopathic approach can be monitored for success. If the patient's tumor begins to shrink, delay surgery once again (and again, and again).

X-ray (radiation) treatment is very difficult for the patient. It weakens the immune system and side-effects include anemia, nausea, dry mucous membranes, etc. Homeopathy can, however, antidote some of the bad side-effects. (Rubric: Generals, Burns, X-rays). The same is true of chemotherapy. If there is a pattern to the side effects, homeopathic treatment can be given prophylactically.

COMPLEMENTARY CARE IS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THE PATIENT.

Nutrition should be addressed. Often these patients have poor digestion and assimilation. A "smoothie" made from fresh fruit, bee pollen, green algae or chlorophyll, pumpkin seeds, and yogurt in a blender may be easier to digest in the morning. A vegetable "smoothie" in the afternoon made from green algae or chlorophyll, green leafy vegetables, carrots, beets, celery is advised. Of course, remove obvious offenders from the diet - coffee, tea, sugar, salt, alcohol, meat, white flour products. Lifestyle and hygiene must be changed. Reducing stress is essential.

The AMA (anti-malignin antibody test) can be ordered

WHEN THE PATIENT'S TUMOR IS COMPLETELY GONE AND THE TREATMENT IS COMPLETED, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT IT WOULD EVER RETURN.