Monthly Archives: November 2011

The XXII National Homoeopathic Science Congress

The XXII National Homoeopathic Science Congress, held in New Delhi during November 5-6,2011, had unanimously adopted the following 10 resolutions, calling for further strengthening the movement for spread of the homeopathic school of medicine across the country, and checking certain deleterious trends.

  • 1] Increase the funds allocation to departments of Homoeopathy, which are very meager when compared to allocation to other systems
  • 2] Urging the central and all state governments to appoint full time advisors for Homoeopathy in the department of AYUSH in their respective states to have complete concentration on Homoeopathy.
  • 3] Carve out  a separate Homoeopathic University, bringing all colleges in the country into its fold  with  uniform syllabi and examinations.
  • 4] Improvement of  educational standards in the colleges, ensuring bed side teaching and class room teaching in the ratio of 70:30
  • 5] Maintain the student, bed ratio at 1:5 to improve the standards in teaching hospitals.
  • 6] Urging the central and state governments to increase the Homoeopathic dispensaries at the rate of one dispensary in every tehsil / taluk and a 20 bedded hospital in every district head quarters to utilize the services of the qualified Homoeo doctors in a proper way
  • 7] Uniform registration of doctors in a common registration board/council at national level as is the practice in medical and dental councils
  • 8] Abolition of the 5 yearly renewal of registration system now in practice under ‘Andhra Board for Homoeopathy’, which is not present anywhere in the country including the ‘Board of Indian Medicine’ existing even in AP.
  • 9] Stringent effective guidelines for successful approach in the department of fundamental and extra mural research
  • 10] Suitable amendments to the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia to stop the mixing and compounding of Homoeopathic drugs, against the principle of Homoeopathy that calls for  use of single, simple, similar remedies to achieve the goal of cure as  propounded by the founding father Samuel Hahnemann.

Homoeopaths Voice Against “Unhomoeopathic” Combination and Mixture Drugs

Homoeopathic practitioners across the country have sought amendment of the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia to stop manufacture and sale of certain drugs as homoeopathic mixtures and compounds with immediate effect.

Terming such medicines as “unhomoeopathic and against the basic principles of the founding father of the system of medicine, the doctors said, “homoeopathy believes in administration of single, simple and similar remedies on the principle of totality of symptoms as proved by Samuel Hahnemann.”

But, unfortunately, certain manufacturers had in violation of this principle started introducing sale of mixopathic drugs to push up their practice, bringing disrepute to the very system of homoeopathy in the modern era when people started migrating to this school from the so-called modern medicine.

This was one of the 10-point charter of demands presented at the just concluded 2-day XXII National Homoeopathic Congress of ‘Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians’ (IIHP) held on November 5 and 6 at the India Islamic Centre, New Delhi.

No less than a veteran physician like Dr Diwan Harish Chand raised the issue as the chief guest in the inaugural session. Calling the fraternity to stick to the principles laid down by the master Dr Hahnemann, he lamented the marketing of the combination drugs on the name of Homoeopathy.

These drugs were never proved or their materia medica taught in the syllabus and sought stringent action in this regard.

About 300 delegates including veterans in the field besides director general of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy Dr.Alok Kumar participated in the biennial Congress.

Establishment of a separate university for homoeopathy bringing all the homoeopathic colleges in the country under its umbrella with uniform syllabus, stringent effective guidelines for successful approach in the department of fundamental and extra mural research, improvement of educational standards and appointment of advisors in all states were some of the other demands.

XXII National Homoeopathic Congress of ‘Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians’ was held on 5th and 6th November ,2011, at India Islamic Centre, New Delhi, in a grand manner.

Participating as chief guest, veteran Homoeo Physician Dr Diwan Harish Chand advised the fraternity to stick on to the principles laid down by the master Dr Hahnemann and it will be the real tribute to him. He lamented the marketing of the combinations in the name of Homoeopathy as they were never proved or taught in the syllabus and seconded the opinion of the president to take stringent action in this regard.

Participating as guest of honor CCRH Director general Dr Alok Kumar detailed the activities of various units in India and assured cooperation in all aspects to IIHP activities.

Guests together garlanded the bust of Hahnemann, light the lamp of wisdom and released the commemorative souvenir. Earlier Dr VK Khanna welcomed the gathering on behalf of the organizing committee and organizing secretary Dr Vivek Arora proposd a vote of thanks.

In the scientific sessions that followed all speakers called in unison that the holistic approach will only pave the way for good success of any given case. some papers well received by the audience were–

Dr LK Nanda[Bhubaneswar] detailed the cases of Thalasemia and how Homoeopathy could avoid blood transfusions in many cases. Dr Girish Gupta of Lucknow detailed the statistical data of success in Thyroid disorders, Dr Aradhana Srivastava of Pune lectured on life style disorders, Dr Tanvir Hussain of Punjab detailed how Homoeopathy was useful in a case of breast cancer with metastasis in eye, liver,vertebre.  Dr Niranjan Mohanty’s[Bhubaneswar] paper on PCOD s, Dr RK Manchanda’s[Delhi] paper on evidence based success of  many cases, Dr BS Venkateswar rao[Vizag] presented on prescription based on pulse study, Dr Hafizulla Baig[Hyderabad], Dr Praveena[Delhi] about their research activities, Dr Swamynarain’s[Ahmedabad] paper on treating pets with Homoeo medicines, Dr Dagade’s[Kolhapur] paper on Geriatrics, Dr PVSN Prasad’s[AP] paper on Homoeopathy in Emergencies, Dr Sairam’s[AP] on Homoeopathy usefulness in rural areas were some of the many papers well presented and well received by the audiences.

Dr N Srinivasa Rao, Dr Man singh, Dr SSVithal, Dr KRK Prabhakara Murty, Dr Diwan Harish Chand etc chaired different sessions in an able manner.

In the cultural programme on 5th evening, Dr Tanwir’s shayaree, Dr Prabhakara Murty’s whistle songs, Dr Geeta Mogia’s mono action, enthralled the audiences and gave much needed relief to all. All in all it was a successful event with audience continuously engaged for two fruitful days.

Immunise or lose benefits, parents told

Updated November 25, 2011 16:02:18

Parents who do not have their children fully immunised will be stripped of family tax benefits under a scheme announced by the Federal Government.

The Government says 11 per cent of five-year-olds are not immunised and has announced a shake-up of the system which will take effect from July 1 next year.

Under the changes, families who refuse vaccinations face losing up to $2,100 per child in benefits.

Families will need to have their children fully immunised to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A end-of-year supplement.

A new immunisation check will be introduced for one-year-olds to supplement the existing immunisation checks at two and five years of age.

The FTB supplement, worth $726 per child each year, will now only be paid once a child is fully immunised at these checks.

Families are already required to have their child fully immunised to receive Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

Children will also be required for the first time to be vaccinated against meningococcal C, pneumococcal and chicken pox.

Children will also be immunised against measles, mumps and rubella earlier, at 18 months instead of the current four years of age.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon is also announcing today a new campaign to advise parents and healthcare providers on what they can do to protect babies from whooping cough.

All parents of newborns will receive letters providing information on immunising against whooping cough and how to identify the disease and prevent it spreading.

“We know that immunisation is fundamental to a child’s lifelong health and that’s why we want to make sure children are immunised at the right time,” Ms Roxon said.

The Government says the changes will deliver savings of $209.1 million over four years.

Truth comes out: 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic ‘deaths’ of children were actually caused by MRSA

Remember two years ago when every news show featured hysterical reports about the so-called H1N1 pandemic and how the supposed killer flu was striking down healthy kids? True, many previously healthy children became critically ill, developing severe pneumonia and respiratory failure. And some tragically died after being diagnosed with H1N1. But was that really the accurate explanation of what caused their death?

According to the largest nationwide investigation to date of the flu in children who became critically ill, scientists from Children’s Hospital Boston have found another reason to explain the severity of the youngsters illness. It turns out that it most likely wasn’t H1N1 alone that caused healthy children to become so ill many died.

Instead, these kids were unknowingly infected with something else. That additional infection, the superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), spiked the risk for flu-related deaths 8-fold in children who were otherwise believed to be totally healthy before they became ill.

Almost all of these children who were found to be infected with the superbug were immediately treated with vancomycin, considered to be best treatment for MRSA. Yet they died despite being administered this powerful antibiotic and their deaths were blamed on the flu. But the new research suggests it was the MRSA that played a huge role in killing these children.

“There’s more risk for MRSA to become invasive in the presence of flu or other viruses,” study leader Adrienne Randolph, MD, MsC, of the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. Said in a statement to the media. “These deaths in co-infected children are a warning sign.” He added this is especially alarming given the rising rates of MRSA infections being carried widely among children.

“It is not common in the U.S. to lose a previously healthy child to pneumonia,” Randolph said. “Unfortunately, these children had necrotizing pneumonia eating away at their tissue and killing off whole areas of the lung. They looked like immunocompromised patients in the way MRSA went through their body. It’s not that flu alone can’t kill – it can – but in most cases children with flu alone survived.”

MRSA risk continues to spread

Sixty percent of the youngsters investigated for the new study already had sometimes serious health problems before contracting the flu. But of the 251 children (30 percent) previously healthy children included in the research, the only risk factor that was identified which likely contributed to their increased risk of dying was a diagnosis of a MRSA infection in the lung. The researchers expressed surprise that the antibiotic used to treat the MRSA-infected children didn’t work and suggested the drug couldn’t penetrate the lungs or the disease moved too rapidly.

Recent studies have shown a worrisome rise in the number of youngsters who are carriers of MRSA. A 2010 study published in Pediatrics found that the number of children hospitalized for MRSA infections increased from 2 in 1,000 admissions in 1999 to 21 in 1,000 admissions by 2008. The cause appears to be the never-ending and growing use of antibiotics in people and animals. “The more antibiotics we take, the more we colonize ourselves with antibiotic-resistant organisms such as MRSA,” Randolph noted.

Curiously, the researchers are not emphasizing going after the cause and spread of MRSA infections as much as they are using their findings to push for flu shots. Their study, just published in the journal Pediatrics, promotes flu vaccination among all children aged 6 months and older.